One question that I occasionally hear is: Can you treat sciatica? The answer is usually YES! Radiating pain down the leg resulting in numbness or tingling is usually referred to as sciatica. Sometimes this is coming from the actual sciatic nerve and sometimes it is coming from one of the lumbar nerve roots as it branches off the spinal cord in the low back. Either way the process is usually the same. When pressure is placed on the nerve, causing pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, hot/cold sensitivity, these are all nerve symptoms. The #1 cause of these nerve symptoms is improper alignment in the low back portion of the spine. Misalignment can cause pinching, irritation or squeezing on the nerve which will eventually result in the symptoms associated with sciatica. Chiropractic care can help with sciatica. In fact, most days we see a couple of patients with sciatica.
After spinal misalignment, the next most common cause is muscles pressing the nerve and duplicating the same sciatic-like pains. Chiropractors can also help in this situation by improving joint alignment, reducing the muscle spasm or tension, and recommending the correct stretches to help the pain.
The third most common cause of sciatica is a bulging disc. Disc bulging is very common and sometimes the bulge is just pressing onto the nerve passing by resulting in the familiar numbness and tingling. Disc spaces can be evaluated on x-ray by a chiropractor and this condition can be resolved in most people.
Sciatica can also be associated with low back pain, hip pain, leg pain and other problems. If you would like to see if chiropractic care can help you give our office a call at 512-405-0400. You can read more about us at http://www.browningfamilychiropractic.com/
Dr. Ryan Browning
Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness