Find Sciatica Relief At Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation In Thibodaux
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is actually a symptom of some other medical condition, such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, lumbar herniated disc, or spondylolisthesis. Sciatica simply refers to the symptoms of weakness, tingling, numbness, and/or pain that starts in the lower back and travels down to the buttock and then down the large sciatic nerve, which is in the back of each leg.
What Are The Symptoms Of Sciatica?
The level of pain varies with sciatica. Some may have constant incapacitating pain. Pain is rarely felt in both legs, it is usually only in one leg and is usually worse when sitting or standing. Sciatic nerve pain in the legs is often described as searing, burning, or tingling. It is not normally described as a dull ache, but often makes it difficult to walk or stand up. The pain travels down the leg and can go into the foot and toes, but the pain rarely is felt only in the foot. In addition to pain, sciatica can also cause numbness or weakness and make it hard to move one's leg, foot, or toes.
What Causes Sciatica?
As mentioned above, sciatic nerve pain is caused by a variety of other conditions that affect the sciatic nerve. The largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve, includes many roots that branch out from the spine into the lower back, down through the buttock, and into the legs. It begins in the lower back at lumbar segment three (L4, L5, S1). When a condition causes the sciatic nerve to become irritated or pinched, that's when the symptoms occur. The location of the irritation or pinched nerve dictates where the pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness takes place in the lower body.
How A Chiropractor Can Treat And Help Manage Sciatica
The good news is that most people who experience sciatica can find relief within a few weeks or months with regular chiropractic treatment. Surgery is rarely required. The team of chiropractors at Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation treat sciatica with a holistic approach. Our chiropractor will do a thorough examination and ask questions to find the source of the pain. Once the source is found, methods such as adjustments, spinal decompression, massage therapy, exercise guidance, and lifestyle changes will be used and discussed with you.