Frequently Asked Questions About Sciatica
Our chiropractors, Dr. Jake Bordelon, Dr. Beau Porche, and Dr. Ricky Melancon, are aware that sciatica is one of those medical conditions that does not correct itself with time. Sciatica refers to the debilitating pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched. It can interfere with daily functions if it remains untreated. At Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation, our multi-faceted chiropractic treatments can treat sciatic nerve pain at its source, preventing the symptoms from coming back.
What is Sciatic Nerve Pain?
The longest nerve in the body is the sciatic nerve, and it stems from the lower back and runs through to both feet. Interferences with the nerve, such as being pinched, can radiate dull or sharp pain. It is not uncommon for patients to feel pain in the buttock, pelvis, back of the leg, knee, foot, or toe.
What are the Common Causes of Sciatica?
Wear and tear on the spine due to aging may cause a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, osteophyte (bone spur), or piriformis syndrome. These degenerative conditions may put pressure on or irritate the sensitive nerve roots exiting the spinal cord. Other factors are pregnancy, obesity, and poor posture habits.
What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
Symptoms may vary from patient to patient but may include persistent or off-and-on pain that is dull or sharp or has a burning or stinging sensation. Numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of sensation in the lower extremities is also possible. Sneezing, coughing, and prolonged sitting or standing may trigger or worsen the symptoms. Some symptoms may persist during rest.
How Can a Chiropractor Diagnose and Treat This Condition?
If you are experiencing one or more sciatica symptoms, our chiropractors may X-ray your spine to look for inflammation and other underling abnormalities in or around the spine. This helps us to identify the root cause of the condition and personalize a long-term pain management plan.
Chiropractic care for nerve pain usually includes non-invasive spinal adjustments to reposition the joints, bones, and soft tissue that are out of alignment or resting on the sciatic nerve. Dr. Jake Bordelon, Dr. Beau Porche, or Dr. Ricky Melancon may perform an adjustment using the hands to apply precise pressure to the lower spine. While manipulating the musculoskeletal structures can vastly improve low back pain, it also reduces inflammation, stimulates healing of the injured nerve, and restores nervous system balance.
Deep tissue massage therapy and lifestyle counseling are often paired with adjustments to help improve the results and speed up healing. Therapeutic massage is a proven way to stimulate blood flow, reduce inflammation, and provide an overall sense of well-being.
Drug-Free Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief from Our Houma and Thibodaux Chiropractors
Our chiropractic team at Houma-Thibodaux Spine & Rehabilitation is waiting to help you get back to an active lifestyle without the pain. Call 985-873-8586 to schedule an appointment at our Houma or Thibodaux clinics.