Sciatica Treatment with our West Haven Chiropractor
If you’re experiencing symptoms of sciatica, you want to get relief fast. This is a condition that affects many people, and it’s also quite treatable through chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation. If you’re searching for a chiropractor in West Haven UT who can treat your sciatica symptoms, you need look no further than Live Well Chiropractic.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition that results from irritation of the sciatic nerve. This is the longest nerve in your body, and it exits the spinal column in the lumbar region. The nerve is actually made up of several nerve roots that come together and then split off again as they continue down in order to serve various parts of your legs. You have a sciatic nerve on both sides of your body, but sciatica typically only affects one side at a time.
Sciatica Causes and Symptoms
The main symptom of sciatica is pain that radiates down the back of the leg. You may feel the pain in your lower back as well, although this is not always the case. The pain can be sharp or burning, and tingling and numbness are common sciatica symptoms as well. The location of the initial nerve root irritation will determine precisely where your symptoms manifest.
This nerve root irritation is often the result of a herniated disc in your lower back, although other conditions like bone spurs, tumors, infections, pregnancy and general inflammation can also cause sciatica symptoms. In the case of a herniated disc, the space that the nerve root has to exit the spinal column is narrowed, and that can lead to pressure on the nerve. If the herniated disc is actually ruptured as well, it can be the fluid from the inner portion of the disc leaking out that directly irritates the nerve.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica Pain
Because sciatica is so often directly related to a misalignment or disruption in the normal function of the spinal column, chiropractic treatment is an effective and efficient way to reduce your symptoms and help keep them from returning. When you visit our chiropractor in West Haven, we’ll perform a thorough exam to identify the root cause of your symptoms. We’ll discuss the situations and activities that make the pain better or worse, and we’ll put together a treatment plan designed to get you feeling better as quickly as possible.
This treatment often involves manual adjustments combined with soft tissue manipulation, depending on the precise cause of your pain. We will also teach you some stretches and exercises you can do on your own to help maintain the progress you make during your in-office sessions and to reduce the chances your symptoms will return.