There are millions of people from all different ages and walks of life who are dealing with a shooting, piercing pain that runs from the lower back all the way down the legs. It can range from completely debilitating to a numbing sensation and is unfortunately all too common. If this sounds familiar, then you may be dealing with sciatica pain.
Sciatica is an unfortunately common condition that impacts approximately 1 in 10 Americans. While it can impact virtually anyone, it is most common among adults between ages 25 to 45.
Sciatica is one of those conditions that many people have heard about—but not everyone knows how to treat. If this type of leg pain sounds familiar to you, then the first thing you should do is visit a chiropractor for a professional diagnosis.
If you aren’t already getting treatment for sciatica pain, but suspect you have this condition, it is important to get a professional diagnosis so that you can get the sciatica treatment you need to get back to feeling like yourself.
What Exactly Is Sciatica?
When people say they have “sciatica” they are actually referring to a condition that impacts the sciatic nerve. This is the longest running nerve in the body and goes from the buttocks all the way down to the toes. When you have a trapped nerve, injury or herniated disc anywhere that is putting pressure on this nerve, you can experience pain running all the way down its path.
Here are some of the symptoms associated with sciatica:
- Leg pain that gets worse after sitting for extended periods of time.
- A burning sensation or tingling running down the leg.
- Intense or intolerable pain that makes it hard to stand after sitting down.
- Weakness or numbness down the leg or into the feet.
- Difficulties moving your foot or leg, particularly after sitting.
- Consistent or nagging pain on one side of the low back over.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as this, it is important that you visit a doctor of chiropractic right away for treatment.
Chiropractic Care and Sciatica
As doctors of the nervous system, chiropractors are fully-trained in handling even the most severe sciatica cases. This is a safe and natural treatment that can gently and effectively treat sciatica and help relieve the pain associated with this condition.
In a majority of situations, sciatica pain can be resolved with regular chiropractic treatments and without surgical intervention or drugs.
The primary way to treat sciatica is through chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments help realign your spine and free up your nerves and your spine’s ability to move as it was intended to. With regular treatments, you can relieve the abnormal pain and pressure against the sciatic nerve and get you back to feeling like yourself.
In addition to adjustments, regular icing or cold therapy can help reduce and control your sciatica pain, while reducing the inflammation associated with sciatica. Your Laurel chiropractor can also give you different exercises and at home therapies to continue your sciatica treatment and help you stay pain free.
If you have questions about your back pain, or feel as though you may be struggling with sciatica, make sure to visit your Laurel, MD family chiropractor for treatment. We can give you an accurate sciatica diagnosis and make sure that you get on a care plan that will treat your sciatica and get you back to enjoying life pain-free.
Call us directly at 301-776-0755 or schedule an appointment online here. We understand that sciatica pain can be debilitating, and get in the way of you living the life you love. This is why we offer flexible appointment hours and same-day appointments for our patients.