Sciatica is common and affects 40% of people during their life. While the pain caused by sciatica can interfere with your life and daily activities, chiropractic care can help. At Preferred Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA, our team offers chiropractic treatments to alleviate the pain you are experiencing and help you return to your normal routine.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritation. The sciatic nerve originates in the lower back and travels through the buttocks into each leg. Sciatica can be caused by spinal misalignment, herniated discs, bulging discs, arthritis, and injuries. These conditions can pinch the sciatic nerve or cause inflammation that can lead to sciatica and result in pain.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The most common symptom of sciatica is pain in your back, leg, and buttocks. You may also experience numbness or tingling in your legs and muscle weakness. Along with that, you might notice that the pain is worse after sitting or standing for a long period of time. The discomfort can also be constant or come and go.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
Chiropractic care can be highly beneficial in relieving the pain caused by sciatica. Our chiropractors focus on treating the underlying cause of pain rather than the symptoms. When you visit, we perform a physical examination and discuss your health history, current symptoms, and lifestyle. Once we determine a diagnosis, we can talk about a treatment plan that will help you heal.
Chiropractic adjustments are a fundamental part of chiropractic care. Our chiropractors will use gentle thrusts and pressure to realign any subluxations in your back. This method is also known as spinal manipulation and can alleviate the pain by reducing the pressure on the nerves, which are due to misalignment or herniation.
Chiropractic adjustment can also be performed on other joints, including your hips, knees, and shoulders. These techniques are designed to correct misalignment, increase blood flow, improve nervous system function, and restore body balance.
Therapeutic exercises are also an important part of sciatica treatment. Our chiropractors will teach you how to do these exercises and then you can continue to do them at home. Therapeutic exercises can improve flexibility, increase strength, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation.
Lifestyle and Nutritional Advice
Our chiropractors will provide lifestyle and nutritional advice. Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach, which means the treatment considers the person as a whole. We may also recommend that you avoid certain movements or activities that can irritate the sciatic nerve.
Contact us for Treatment Today
If you are experiencing pain due to sciatica, contact Preferred Chiropractic in Atlanta, GA, at (404) 888-0666 today. We offer a range of treatments, including chiropractic adjustment, therapeutic exercises, ice or heat therapy, and massage therapy to help reduce your discomfort. Our team looks forward to assist you with your recovery process!