The pain of sciatica may range from a mild ache to excruciating pain. No matter the degree of pain, chances are you’ll recognize it by the way it begins in your lower back and travels down your leg, sometimes affecting your foot. Adam Gentry, DC, EP, of Easley Spine and Disc, provides diverse chiropractic techniques and manual therapies that are effective and safe for relieving sciatica pain. If you have questions about back or leg pain, please call their office in Easley, South Carolina, or schedule an appointment online.
Nerves originate in your brain and go down the center of your spine, branching out from between each vertebra to reach all areas of your body. The sciatic nerve branches out at the base of the spine then go through each side of your buttocks and down each leg.
Sciatica is pain that occurs anywhere along the sciatic nerve, but it commonly begins in your lower back and radiates down your leg. It usually occurs on one side of your body.
Pain is the primary symptom, although it varies from a general ache to a pain that’s sharp, burning, or excruciating. Numbness or tingling often develop in the affected leg or foot. You may also experience muscle weakness in your leg, or commonly in the foot.
Sciatica develops when vertebrae or a muscle compress the sciatic nerve. In rare cases, the nerve may be damaged by a disease like diabetic neuropathy. The most common causes include:
Discovering what’s causing your sciatica is the first step to getting the pain relief you need.
You’re more likely to get sciatica as you get older, as pressure on your lower back over time causes degeneration and herniated discs. Other factors can also increase your risk by putting extra pressure on the lower spine, such as being overweight, prolonged sitting, and jobs that require heavy lifting.
The team at Easley Spine and Disc provide diverse chiropractic techniques and manual therapies that effectively relieve sciatica pain and promote your body’s natural ability to heal. Your treatment plan may include one or more of the following:
Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy is a revolutionary new treatment for sciatica and other types of back and neck pain. In this treatment, your spine is slowly lengthened and decompressed. This process creates negative pressure within your discs and allows for optimal repositioning of lumbar discs while relieving sciatic nerve compression. The result is dramatic sciatica pain relief and improved mobility.
With deep tissue laser therapy, Dr. Gentry, DC, can directly access your sciatic nerve to stimulate natural healing. The laser targets tissue six to nine inches under your skin to start rapid nerve repair and improved nerve function for faster sciatica relief. The laser also reduces inflammation and encourages tissue healing, so it’s an ideal solution for many types of back and neck pain.
With spinal adjustment or manipulation, Dr. Gentry, DC, can reposition your lumbar and cervical spine to relieve sciatic nerve compression.
Other services available at Easley Spine and Disc, such as rehabilitative exercise, can help strengthen the muscles that support your spine to decrease the chances of sciatica recurrence.
For effective management of your sciatica, call the office or schedule an appointment with Easley Spine and Disc online today.