When lower back pain is accompanied by numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, or additional pain in the lower extremities, sciatica might be the problem. All of these symptoms can be attributed to irritation, inflammation, or compression of the sciatic nerves. Chiropractic care at Sea Girt Spine and Rehabilitation addresses the cause of sciatica in order to reduce pain, restore compromised movement, and relieve other symptoms.
Because the sciatic nerves are the longest and largest nerves—extending from nerve roots in the lower back down the legs—the symptoms of sciatica cover a large portion of the body and can be debilitating.
In many cases, sciatica is the result of misalignments (known as subluxations) in the lower back (the lumbar spine). A subluxation is diagnosed when a vertebral bone is out of normal alignment, which leads to pain and impaired neurological function. Improper positioning of the pelvis can also cause sciatica.
One of the most common reasons patients suffer from sciatica symptoms is a herniated or bulged spinal disc. The spinal discs are tasked with providing cushioning between the vertebrae while allowing for movement of the spine. When disc material moves out of place, nerve root compression may lead to sciatica.
Other patients begin to experience sciatica after experiencing a trauma, such as a sports injury or an auto accident. Pregnant women are more susceptible to sciatica due to a variety of physical changes. Older patients may experience spinal degeneration which can lead to osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis, a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses nerves.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
The central nervous system is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves, and is responsible for every function of the body—including pain. When the spine is not in a normal, healthy position due to subluxations, not only do the nerves become pinched, compressed, or damaged, but the entire functioning of the body may begin to malfunction in a number of ways. (For this reason, chiropractic care for sciatica in our Sea Girt office also has a number of healthful side benefits, such as improved vision or better sleep.)
Chiropractic treatment for sciatica ensures that the nerves are free to work as intended, thereby eliminating sciatica symptoms without drugs or traumatic surgical intervention.