Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain that originates in the lower back or buttock region and radiates down the back of the leg. The pain is typically described as sharp, burning, or shooting and can be accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg.
The underlying cause of sciatica is typically compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body and runs from the lower back through the buttocks and down each leg. The compression or irritation of the nerve can be caused by a herniated disc, bone spurs, piriformis contraction, lumbar and pelvic misalignments or spinal stenosis, among other conditions.
Chiropractic focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, primarily of the spine including sciatica. Chiropractors use hands-on techniques, such as spinal adjustments, to help relieve pain and improve function. By adjusting or manipulating the spine, chiropractors can help improve joint mobility, reduce muscle tension, and alleviate pressure on nerves, which can help alleviate pain and other symptoms. Chiropractic can also help improve posture, muscle function, and overall musculoskeletal health. Additionally, chiropractors may provide advice on exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle modifications to support optimal health and prevent future injuries or conditions such as sciatica.
Sciatica can be a debilitating condition that can significantly impact a person's daily activities and quality of life. Treatment for sciatica involves treating and managing the underlying cause of sciatica. Our doctors of chiropractic at Iowa Chiropractic Clinic & Sports Injuries are trained specialists in non-surgical chiropractic treatment of sciatica and its other symptoms. We are located in Ankeny, Grimes, Altoona, Iowa for your scheduling convienence.