Sciatica is a pain disorder involving the sciatic nerve. Chronic pain and other uncomfortable symptoms are caused by sciatica that may interfere with daily function. Sciatica treatment at Family Chiropractic Centers of Pittsburgh is a safer alternative to habit-forming painkillers and back surgery. At your consultation, our chiropractor in Robinson Township, PA, Dr. Kevin Hartung will explain how chiropractic care for sciatic nerve pain works.
What Causes Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve extends past the hips, through the buttocks, and down the legs. Pain typically arises from irritation, inflammation, compression, or pinching or the nerve. A bulging or herniated lumbar spinal disc is the most common cause of sciatica. Other factors include osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disc disease.
Pressure on your sciatic nerve may also stem from the following:
- Nerve disorders
- Vertebral misalignments (subluxation)
- Poor posture, such as sitting in an awkward position
Sciatic Nerve Compression Symptoms
Lower back pain and leg pain are tell-tale signs of a pinched sciatic nerve. The pain often radiates along the path of the nerve and can reach your feet. Pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness from sciatica usually occurs on the left or right side of your lower body, but rarely both sides. Complications include increased pain from prolonged sitting or standing and reduced mobility from weakness or loss of sensation in your feet.
Sciatica Treatment from a Chiropractor in Robinson Township, PA
Dr. Kevin Hartung will need to diagnose your symptoms before crafting a chiropractic care plan to address the underlying cause of your pain. Diagnostic tests will include a complete physical exam. An x-ray, MRI, or nerve test may also be required. The following therapies provide pain relief and may eliminate your symptoms altogether:
- Spinal Manipulation
- Rehabilitative Therapies
Dr. Hartung can use the hands-on diversified technique or another lumbar spinal adjustment technique to manipulate any misplaced vertebrae in your spine back into alignment. This relieves the pain and other symptoms of sciatica, and allows the sciatic nerve to heal. Overall, adjustments help improve nervous system functions and restore balance as well.
Rehabilitative exercise works as a natural pain reliever, strengthens the muscles, and increases the flexibility of the low back spine. Your exercises will be tailored to suit your needs. You can do them in our office or at home.
Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
Family Chiropractic Centers of Pittsburgh is concerned about the health of your entire family. We help our patients by providing chiropractic care for adults, prenatal chiropractic, and pediatric chiropractic in Robinson Township, PA. Call 412-787-3320 to set up a consultation for lower back or sciatica treatment from our chiropractor.