Are You Suffering From Sciatica?
Your nervous system is essentially an electrical circuit that starts at your brain, travels down the spinal cord and out into a network of nerves that supplies the various organs and muscles throughout the body.
Sciatica is a term used to describe irritation of the nerves that travel down the back of your legs down to your feet. Sciatica is not a diagnosis but a symptom to describe nerve pain that radiates down your leg. There are a variety of conditions that can lead to this condition.
There are a variety of conditions that can cause sciatica like symptoms with some being serious while others are not. It is important to have your sciatica like symptoms evaluated by our Eugene chiropractors to assess the severity of your symptoms. Common reasons for sciatica like symptoms:
-Spinal stenosis, severe degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, joint dysfunction, muscle spasms and inflammation, tumor, infection (rare).
Commonly, sciatica will present as an achy pain that radiates down the back of your leg but there are other symptoms that are important to be aware of. Let your Eugene chiropractor know if you are experiencing any of the following sciatica like symptoms:
-mild to severe pain, tingling/ numbness/ burning/ sharp shooting pain, classically radiates down 1 leg but can go down both, pain with sitting/ bending forward/ coughing
-The short answer is yes. There are a variety of ways in which our chiropractors can help reduce the symptoms associated with sciatica. Common treatments for sciatica include chiropractic adjustments, mechanical traction, home care stretches and exercises, in office spinal rehabilitation, laser, nutritional advise to reduce inflammation, etc.
-When sciatica is present, you will want to avoid movements or positions that increase the radiating leg symptoms. Our team of Eugene chiropractors will provide a personalized treatment plan which includes various forms of lifestyle modifications along with treatments to facilitate the healing process.
-The healing time frame for sciatica is dependent on what the root cause of your symptoms are. Classically, sciatica can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on the severity of your symptoms, if you are receiving treatment, your current health status and age.