Sciatica: Why You Need to See a Chiropractor

Chiropractor in MinnesotaSciatica is a pain that affects the sciatic nerve, a large nerve which extends from the lower back down to each leg. Sciatica nerve pain can vary in frequency and intensity. Visiting a chiropractor may help make the situation better. Read on to know more. 

The Causes

Sciatica is caused when the lumbosacral spine and the lower lumber becomes irritated. Other causes include degenerative disc disease which affects the disc that cushions the vertebrae, pregnancy which adds a severe strain on the spine, spinal stenosis where the spinal canal is narrowed and when the vertebra slip over another. Sciatica can also be caused by lack of exercising, being overweight or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft

The Common Symptoms 

If you’re suffering from sciatica, says you’re likely to experience a sharp pain that makes standing difficult or numbness and weakness when moving your leg or a tingling sensation that runs down the leg. Sciatica in most cases only affects one side of your lower body and you’ll feel the pain from your lower back to the back of your leg or thigh. Sciatica can lead to loss of feeling, insomnia and even paralysis of a group of muscles.

Proper Diagnosis 

Since sciatica can be caused by several disorders, a chiropractor first determines the cause of sciatica by conducting a physical and neurological exam. Additionally, he will review your medical history by asking you a set of questions. A set of tests may be conducted through x-ray, CT scan, MRI, or electromyography.

Chiropractic Treatment 

Depending on the cause of your sciatica, the chiropractor will recommend the best treatment plan. Treatments such as ultrasound, TENS, spinal adjustments, ice/cold therapies may be used to treat sciatica.

If you suspect that you’re suffering from sciatica, visit your chiropractor today. It pays to arm yourself with the right information to stay healthy.