The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body; it runs down both sides of your low back, through your buttocks, and down the backs of your legs to your feet.
Sciatica is the term used to describe the pain caused when your sciatic nerve is compressed in the lower back. When that occurs, it can cause pain or numbness that may affect some or all of the nerve pathway.
The condition most often associated with sciatica is when the sciatic nerve is irritated by a herniated or bulging disc.
In less common cases, sciatica pain may be caused by:
If your sciatic nerve is compromised, pain is usually the first thing you notice. The extent of this pain depends on how much of the nerve is affected, but it can range from a dull ache to a sharp, burning sensation. The pain can be local, but more often than not, it travels through your buttock and down your leg — usually on just one side.
In some cases, you may experience numbness, weakness, or tingling in these areas, instead of pain.
Chiropractic care for sciatica has had great success providing immediate and long-lasting pain relief. Through spinal adjustments and manipulation, Dr. Gawith addresses the underlying cause of the nerve pain, typically a herniated disc, by realigning the spine to its natural position.
Using the advanced ProAdjuster, these adjustments take the pressure off of the nerve and provide relief long enough for you to take measures to prevent the condition from recurring.
Spinal decompression is another method of treating sciatic pain. Spinal decompression gently stretches the spine, removing the pressure on your discs, allowing your body to call upon its natural healing processes to address the affected area.
There are several ways you can prevent sciatica from becoming a recurring issue, such as:
Dr. Gawith provides an individualized plan for each of his patients. To get started on sciatica relief, call Wellness One Wichita or book an appointment online.
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