Sciatica is a condition that causes pain to radiate from the lower back to the legs and can significantly impact your daily activities. At Better Health Chiropractic, which serves Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, Hudson, and Waverly, IA, we provide treatment that can reduce your discomfort and help you return to your normal routine. Learn more about sciatica and how it is treated below:
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or irritated. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, which originates in the lower back and travels down the back of each leg. Sciatica can be caused by a herniated disc, bone spurs, and spinal stenosis. Not only that, it can also occur from muscle tightness in the buttocks or lower back.
One of the most common symptoms of sciatica is pain that radiates from the lower back to one or both legs. The pain can be mild or severe and may come and go. You may also experience numbness, tingling, or weakness in your foot or leg. Coughing, sneezing, or sitting for long periods may cause the pain to become worse.
Can a Chiropractor Help with Sciatica?
Chiropractic care can help provide pain relief from sciatica. Our chiropractors utilize treatments like chiropractic adjustments to address spinal misalignments and reduce nerve compression. These treatments can also restore proper body function.
A chiropractic adjustment helps alleviate the discomfort associated with sciatica. During your appointment, our chiropractors target the underlying cause of the nerve compression in order realign the spine. When the spine is in alignment, inflammation will be reduced and you can heal faster. We may also utilize stretching exercises and soft tissue mobilization and suggest lifestyle modifications to help you achieve the results you desire.
Contact us for Treatment Today
If you have sciatica and are seeking chiropractic care, our team at Better Health Chiropractic in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, Hudson, and Waverly, IA, can help. We will discuss your symptoms with you and develop a personalized treatment plan that can help eliminate the pain. To schedule your initial appointment with one of our chiropractors, call our office at (319) 232-2166. We are dedicated to helping you improve your overall health!