Sciatica is one of the leading causes of buttock and leg pain among adults in the United States. For effective symptom relief, visit Premier Chiropractic in Pearland, Texas.
The experienced multidisciplinary team offers comprehensive medical and chiropractic care to relieve sciatica pain, numbness, and tingling.
Sciatica Q & A
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is the term for inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back and travels through your buttocks, the back of your thighs and calves, and your feet. In most cases, sciatic pain is felt on only one side of the body.
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Buttock pain
- Numbness and tingling in the buttock, leg, or foot
- Weakness of the leg or foot
- Lower back pain
- Pain that worsens with certain movements, including crossing your legs or bending forward
Sciatic pain increases with pressure on the nerve, inflammation, and stretching of the nerve. You may find certain movements that irritate the pain and make your symptoms worse. With treatment at Premier Chiropractic, you can get pain relief and return to your normal activities without symptoms.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is common in people who sit for long periods at work and pregnant women.
The most common causes of sciatica include:
- Poor posture
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Herniated discs
To determine the cause of your sciatica, the team performs a thorough examination in order to rule out other potential causes of your pain.
How is Sciatica Diagnosed?
To diagnose the cause of your sciatica symptoms, the team at Premier Chiropractic performs a comprehensive consultation and exam to understand your symptoms and the severity of your condition.
During your exam, the team takes you through a series of stretches and movements to identify the location and extent of your discomfort.
You’ll be asked to bend forward, backward, and side to side before lying down while the team stretches your legs in front of and behind you. Some movements may increase your pain, while others may give you relief. In some cases, the team orders X-rays or an MRI of your back, if necessary.
Based on your exam and any appropriate imaging, the team diagnoses the cause of your symptoms and recommends a treatment plan.
What is the Treatment for Sciatica?
Treatment for sciatica is determined by your diagnosis and the severity of your pain. Conservative care generally includes chiropractic care, rehab, decompression, and nutritional counseling.
Conservative treatment aims to decrease inflammation of the nerve and the associated pain while improving the flexibility and strength of your back.
In severe cases or those that don’t respond to conservative care, the team provides referrals to orthopedists in the area.
If you or a loved one are suffering from sciatica in Pearland, Friendswood, Alvin, Webster, Manvel, Iowa Colony or any nearby city, call us today to schedule an appointment.