Sciatica Treatment – What Causes the Pain and How Can You Ease It?
The sciatic nerve is the largest bundle of nerves in your body, averaging approximately three-quarters of an inch in diameter and running from the lower back to the foot.
It’s no wonder, then, that when this nerve is pinched or inflamed that you’re going to end up with a lot of pain. Thankfully, your Atlanta chiropractor can provide you with an effective sciatica treatment.
What Are the Common Causes of Sciatica Pain?
Sciatica pain is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. Nerve compression can be contributed to:
- Bulging disc (when the center of the disc pushes outward and irritates the nerve)
- Herniated disc (when the disc has ruptured, and the gel-like center comes out and presses against the nerve)
- Spinal tumor
- Piriformis syndrome (a condition in which the piriformis muscle of the buttocks irritates the sciatic nerve)
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column)
- Spondylolisthesis (a disorder in which a vertebra slips forward onto another bone)
What Type of Sciatica Treatment Can Your Atlanta Chiropractor Provide?
When left untreated, sciatica pain can get worse. Additionally, you can develop other symptoms along with the pain, including the inability to control your bladder.
Fortunately, your Atlanta chiropractor can provide various sciatica treatment options that can reduce pain and advanced symptoms.
Sciatica Treatment: Adjustments and Decompression
Chiropractic adjustments can realign the spine, reducing the tension and inflammation of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the sciatic nerve.
Spinal decompression therapy is ideal for those with bulging or ruptured discs as it takes the pressure off of the discs and nerve. How effective is decompression therapy? In a 2017-2018 study, Turkish researchers found that approximately two-thirds of participants in their study reported less low back pain and improved function after traction/decompression therapy.
Patient Education Can Help Ease Your Pain Even More
Dr. Helene Levinson is a strong proponent of thorough patient education. When you receive treatment from her, she’ll explain why you’re experiencing sciatica pain, what she can do about it, and what you can do for it on your own.
Proper preventative home care – like good ergonomics and regular exercise – can do much to keep your sciatica pain from acting up. By educating you regularly, your Sandy Springs chiropractor is giving you the tools to live a healthy, active, pain-free life.
Are you tired of sciatic flare-ups? Call our office at 404-257-0404 to schedule a consultation.