Sciatica is a painful condition resulting from the compression or pinching of the sciatic nerve. Sciatic nerve pain radiates down the back and legs, causing discomfort and more. As a result, your quality of life can be seriously affected. Our team at Spine One Center serves Cherry Hill, Egg Harbor City, Atlantic City, and the surrounding communities. We can help whether your sciatica has been caused by a work injury, auto accident injury, or another source of back pain.
The Risks of Sciatica
Sciatic nerve pain can happen to anyone. For instance, it is often linked to age, which can cause a variety of health issues, including herniated discs. Your job, whether it is active or sedentary, can also impact your back. Your weight and other health conditions, like diabetes, can put you at risk for sciatica. If you experience a personal injury, including a work injury or auto accident injury, you may see the signs of sciatic nerve pain.
The Symptoms of Sciatica
The most common symptom of sciatica is pain that shoots from your lower back to your bottom to one or both legs. This can feel like a lot of pain or it can feel like a small shock. It may constantly appear when you step on one foot or appear random. Other symptoms include:
- Muscle Weakness
If your daily routine is impacted by these symptoms, you should make an appointment with a chiropractor.
Do you think you have sciatic nerve pain? A physical exam is the best way to assess the cause of your sciatic nerve pain. Our chiropractor will assess your muscle reflexes as well as your strength. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or x-rays may be requested. Chiropractors sometimes look at the spacing between the vertebrae on an x-ray to get an idea of the disc height and spine health in general, but an MRI is the best way to get detailed information about soft tissues, such as herniated discs and in some situations, an MRI or CT scan will be beneficial as well.
Treatment for Sciatica
A chiropractic adjustment is often the best way to treat sciatica. This adjustment can put your back in its proper position so that you experience less pressure on your sciatic nerve. An adjustment can realign your discs as well, balancing your body so you put less strain on that area of your body. Myofascial release and massage can also be used to relieve this pain.
Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment for Sciatic Nerve Pain
Our team at Spine One Center is here to help if you have experienced a personal injury or sciatica. If you live in or around Cherry Hill, Atlantic City, or Egg Harbor City and would like to learn more about our chiropractic services, call our team today at (609) 965-5533 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.