Sciatica Treatment with Chiropractic
If you’ve been diagnosed with sciatica, you aren’t alone. An estimated 40% of American adults experience this painful condition at least once in their lives. Chiropractors offer effective sciatica treatments that can alleviate your discomfort.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from your lower back and spans the hips and buttocks, extending down through the legs. Sciatica symptoms include:
- Pain radiating from the lower back and buttocks through the legs
- Tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation, similar to an electric shock
- Muscle weakness in the affected leg
Most people experience sciatica on only one side of the body.
Chiropractic Sciatica Treatments
Chiropractors offer effective sciatica treatments that treat the symptoms described above and address their underlying causes. To understand why chiropractic care is so useful, it helps to understand why sciatica occurs.
The spine has 24 bony vertebrae, which protect the spinal cord. These are precisely stacked upon one another. However, they can lose their usual position and become subluxated for various reasons, from chronic poor posture to a traumatic incident like a car accident.
Subluxated vertebrae may put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing sciatica symptoms. A chiropractor can use spinal adjustments and manipulation to help correct subluxated vertebrae.
Spinal misalignment can also cause a herniated disc, another common cause of sciatica. The spine’s vertebrae have gel-like discs in between them, providing cushioning between the bones. These discs have a rigid outer shell, which encases a jelly-filled interior.
When vertebrae shift out of place and put pressure on the discs, this jelly-like interior protrudes. This can strain surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons, resulting in inflammation that places even more stress on the nerve.
Joplin Chiropractor Provides Effective Sciatica Treatment
If you notice sciatica symptoms, don’t wait to seek care. They may worsen if not treated. You can trust Skaggs Chiropractic, LLC, of Joplin, Missouri, for help. Dr. Steven Skaggs has been practicing for 24 years and has helped countless patients find sciatica relief through his holistic approach to healing.
Call us at (417) 624-4242 to schedule your Joplin chiropractor quickly and easily.