Springfield Chiropractic Care Can Help Manage and Treat Sciatica
Sciatica affects over 3 million people in the United States every year. It is characterized by a persistent, intense nerve pain that starts in the lower back and runs down the back of one leg.
The pain of sciatica has been described as debilitating and excruciating. It can render standing or even sitting to be very difficult and in some cases impossible. Fortunately, your Springfield chiropractor Twin Oaks Chiropractic and Acupuncture offers safe, effective, non-invasive sciatica treatment to bring rapid relief and faster healing times.
The Symptoms of Sciatica
The sciatic nerve is the longest in the human body, comprised of five sub-nerves running from the lumbar (lower) spine and sacral area, down the gluteal area and down the hamstring of each leg. The sciatic nerve brings sensation and strength to the backs of the legs, connecting major muscles in these areas with the spinal cord.
If this connection becomes impaired at any point, a number of symptoms can ensue. The main symptoms of sciatica include:
- Shooting pain in the lower back and one leg
- Muscle weakness
What Causes Sciatica?
Any lower back injury can potentially result in sciatica. Some of the most common include:
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal causing pressure spinal nerves)
- Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae)
The physical incidents causing sciatica can be as varied as the causes of general back injury. Some of the most common include:
- Sports injury
- Work injury
- Bad Posture
- Slip and fall
- Poor ergonomics over time
- Bad form used in physical activities over time
Are There Risk Factors For Sciatica?
While anyone can potentially fall victim to sciatica, there are certain conditions and risk factors that can increase the odds of suffering from it. These include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Vertebral bone spurs
- Repetitive activities
- Poor posture
How Does a Chiropractor Bring Sciatica Relief?
Since spinal misalignment, subluxation and slipped disc are often factors in sciatica, chiropractic adjustment can be extremely effective in relieving its symptoms. Once imbalances have been corrected, the pressure is taken off spinal nerves. Disc material is relocated to its proper orientation between the vertebrae. With the structures of the musculoskeletal system rebalanced, pain is relieved and deep healing can occur.
Contact Your Springfield Chiropractor for Sciatica Relief
If you are suffering from the symptoms of sciatica, visit your Springfield chiropractor Twin Oaks Chiropractic and Acupuncture as soon as possible. We offer safe, effective sciatica treatment through chiropractic care and targeted interventions. Physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture can also complement chiropractic therapy.
Springfield chiropractor Dr. David Mullin and the entire staff at Twin Oaks Chiropractic and Acupuncture are here to provide compassionate care and healing solutions that work. Call us today at (417)882-1000 to set up an appointment.