What is Sciatica? Sciatica is pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nerve that exits the lower spine and branches out to the hips and buttocks and down the back of each leg. This pain can be mild or an excruciating "electric shock" feeling. It is not a disease on its own but a symptom of another back pain condition. Both the original cause and sciatic nerve pain can be treated naturally and gently with our chiropractic care services.
You are most at risk of sciatica symptoms if you are older, overweight or diabetic. Ironically, it tends to affect people at opposite ends of the activity spectrum: those who do a lot of heavy lifting or twisting, and those who do a lot of sitting.
Typical sciatica symptoms are pain that travels from your lower back through the hips and buttocks and down the back of the leg. The pain is usually felt on only one side. Sciatic nerve pain can cause lower backache, hip pain and even tingling or numbness in the feet. You can experience leg pain and numbness at the same time.
Leg weakness is a sign the condition has progressed to a critical stage. If left untreated, sciatic nerve damage can cause permanent leg weakness and even affect the bowel or bladder.
It is caused by some irritation to the nerve root of the lower lumbar spine.
One cause is spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal in one of the lumbar vertebrae. This compression can be the result of excess bone that forms when spinal discs break down. The discs are spongy cushions between the vertebrae. They tend to get thinner and drier with age. This is also known as degenerative disc disease. A bulging or herniated disc can also pinch the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica Pain Treatment
Mild sciatica cases can be resolved with rest and prescribed physical therapy. For chronic and severe sciatic nerve symptoms, we offer chiropractic care and a wide range of other pain relief treatments, including:
- Class IV Laser Therapy
- Spinal Decompression
- Hako-Med Therapy
- Shock wave therapy
Our doctors have the skill and expertise to direct all-natural sciatica pain relief exactly where it’s needed.
If you or a loved one have sciatica in Miami, Hollywood, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Coral Gables, or any city in Miami-Dade County, call us at (305) 705-0777 to schedule an appointment.