More than 40% of Americans will experience sciatica pain at some point during their lives. At Little Elm Chiropractic, David Cox, DC, has years of experience providing holistic, non-invasive treatments for sciatica. He can team with you to develop a custom care plan that minimizes discomfort and restores your full range of motion. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Little Elm, Texas, call to speak with the administrative staff or use the online booking tool today.
Sciatica occurs when your sciatic nerve –– a nerve that runs from your lower back, down your buttocks, and into your legs –– becomes compressed or irritated. Over time, this pressure results in inflammation, causing pain and numbness that affects one side of the body.
Sciatica pain is uncomfortable, but it rarely requires surgical intervention. Often, conservative treatments like rest and ice can safely minimize discomfort.
The most common symptom of sciatica is lower back pain that radiates into your buttocks and legs. Sciatica pain affects everyone differently. For some people, it’s a minor annoyance that comes and goes; for others, it causes an electric or jolt-like shock that makes it difficult to stand or walk.
As sciatica progresses, you might also experience a sensation of tingling or numbness in your legs and feet. That can make it difficult to maintain your balance, increasing the risk of a slip and fall.
Sciatica affects people of all races and genders, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to experience sciatica if you work a physically demanding job. Repetitive motions like bending or lifting can place pressure on your sciatic nerve, resulting in pain and disability.
There’s no way to prevent sciatica entirely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. Little Elm Chiropractic recommends maintaining good posture throughout the day, exercising regularly, and using good body mechanics. For example, when picking up an object, lift with your hips and buttocks instead of your back.
To diagnose sciatica, Little Elm Chiropractic providers review your medical history, ask about your symptoms, and conduct a comprehensive physical exam. During the exam, your provider tests your muscle strength and reflexes and has you perform a series of easy exercises. Pain caused by sciatica is typically worse during physical activity.
If these measures aren’t enough to pinpoint the source of your discomfort, your provider might order a series of X-rays. X-rays can reveal underlying problems like bone spurs, which can place undue pressure on your sciatic nerve.
Little Elm Chiropractic typically uses holistic, non-invasive treatments to manage sciatica pain. Following an initial consultation, they might recommend:
These measures of care can minimize pain and inflammation, restoring your mobility and quality of life.
If you’re experiencing sciatica pain, make an appointment at Little Elm Chiropractic. Call to speak with the administrative team or use the online booking tool.