What causes sciatica?
There are a number of causes, but sciatica is a response that your nervous system has to stress. Stress comes in the form of physical, chemical or emotional causes. Frequently people think that their sciatica is a pinched nerve. The primary cause is a lack of movement in an area of the spine that causes a wearing down of the disc that degenerates, bulges or herniates and irritates the sciatic nerve causing pain that radiates down the hip and leg sometimes reaching the foot. This is a compensatory response to the primary issue of imbalance in your body that your nervous system is controlling. The second cause is from an overload injury of too much weight being lifted or being in poor ergonomic position when lifting. Sometimes disc injuries are a response to chronic stress on the body and the disc slowly breaks down until you have the pain and sciatica suddenly comes out of nowhere. It can also come on suddenly after a car accident and experiencing whiplash, slip and fall. Sciatica may also come from tight muscles in the hip region or even a space occupying lesion (less common).
Some people self-medicate with Excedrin, Advil, Tylenol or may use a massage gun or actual therapist. They may even consult with their primary care doctor, orthopedic or neurologist that may recommend muscle relaxers, nerve medication or even surgery. These don’t get to the root cause of sciatica, but help suppress the symptoms that commonly return. For those dealing with a sciatica and not looking for a “chiropractor near me” that want to do things on their own here is a DIY guide for you here.
How does chiropractic help sciatica?
Are you frustrated or concerned and looking to avoid medication, surgery or just wanting to get your life back? We focus on how your nervous system is functioning and communicating with your body by looking for imbalance and interference. If there are imbalances present in the nervous system how can your body function correctly? It can’t and that is when you have symptoms, such as sciatica. If you are looking for treatment options for sciatica, chiropractic helps restore balance to your body, so you can function the way you are designed to and be your best!
If you are looking for a Denver chiropractor you can schedule here for your complimentary consultation for your sciatica to find the relief you deserve.
How do we evaluate for sciatica?
We first start with a complementary phone consultation to get a better idea of what is going on and if what you have would be a good fit with our office. If it seems that we will be able to help you, the second step will be to schedule an appointment for you where we will do our testing process and evaluate where your body is out of balance. Third, we will let you know what the best steps will be for you and what you are dealing with after these tests. Fourth we will then go over your recommendations for care to address what is causing your problem.
What services do we provide?
Our goal is to get you feeling better as quickly as possible, for some people that may take days and some it may take weeks. The foundation of what we do in the office is the chiropractic adjustment. When appropriate we will also include corrective and strengthening exercises and stretches. We also make lifestyle recommendations to help incorporate better ergonomics, sleep routines, food choices, nutrition and more.