Tired of suffering from sciatica? Dr. Mark Cafagna of San Marcos, CA, can provide personalized care to help you get back to life pain-free.
Sciatica and Chiropractic Care
Back pain is a very common complaint, and among the many reasons for back pain is sciatica. Learn in the guide below from Dr. Cafagna of San Marcos, CA, what sciatica is, the symptoms it causes, and how chiropractic care can help.
Sciatica Causes and Symptoms
Sciatica isn’t a condition but rather the name for a set of symptoms that are caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest in the body, and there are two of them, each emerging from the lower back to travel to each foot.
This nerve often becomes compressed or “pinched” due to a herniated disc in the lower back. It creates various undesirable symptoms, including:
- Sharp, shooting pain from the back down the legs
- Numbness and tingling, especially in the legs and feet
- Burning sensations
These symptoms are typically only felt on one side of the body. Additionally, they tend to decrease or go away temporarily when you switch positions or activities. Many people notice some relief after getting up and walking around for a few moments.
While such changes can provide relief for a short time, lasting relief comes from removing pressure from the nerve. Below are some techniques utilized in the treatment of sciatica.
Nerve compression is often the result of a misalignment that leads to a herniated disc. Spinal adjustments restore proper alignment, which relieves the pressure on the disc.
Decompression therapy involves a table that helps gently stretch the spine. This stretching motion relieves pressure on the discs and pulls them back into their proper place, removing the pressure on the nerve.
Ultrasound therapy sends sound waves into the damaged tissues. It helps improve circulation, stimulate the natural healing process, and relieve swelling and inflammation.
Therapeutic exercises are utilized to both treat current issues and prevent them from occurring again. These targeted stretching and strengthening movements help relieve tension, improve blood circulation, and strengthen the core for better spinal support.
Everything from how you stand to how you sleep can either improve or harm your spinal health. Your chiropractor will work with you to develop the most healthy habits and change harmful ones.
Don’t let sciatica keep interfering with your life. Call (760) 410-2373 to schedule an appointment for relief with Dr. Cafagna of San Marcos, CA.