What You Need to Know About Sciatica
Anyone who has experienced sciatica will tell you that, not only is it painful, it can be crippling if left untreated. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a condition, but rather a series of symptoms signaling deeper medical issues. Twin Oaks Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Springfield is here to identify related symptoms, uncover underlying medical problems, and build an individualized treatment plan to help you get your health back on track.
Common Symptoms of Sciatica
There are a number of symptoms commonly associated with this medical condition. If you are experiencing one or more of the following, consult with a chiropractor or physician for further tests:
- Constant tingling or burning pain on one side of the body, typically in the leg or buttock
- Pain worse when seated
- Shooting pain in buttock or leg, making it difficult to walk or stand
- Weakness, tingling, or numbness of the toes, foot, or leg
- Radiating pain down the leg and into the foot and toes.
Since this condition is a result of underlying issues, symptoms vary from patient to patient. Depending upon where your sciatic nerve is pinched, you may experience infrequent or constant, irritating or debilitating pain.
Causes of Sciatic Pain
Sciatic pain stems from the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. When conditions such as spinal stenosis, herniated disc in the lumbar region, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease are present, the result is leg, buttock, and/or foot pain. While permanent damage stemming from sciatica is rare, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
Treatment plans for this condition vary, depending upon the underlying medical issue and pain level. While some experience relief from a regular exercise program, many require nonsurgical treatment. Effective nonsurgical techniques include manual manipulation, spinal adjustments, and a prescribed stretch and exercise regimen.
Schedule an Appointment With Us Today!
The staff at Twin Oaks Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Springfield is highly trained and experienced in treating sciatic pain. Call (417) 896-5597 or email us to schedule your appointment today.