DBH Chiropractic

What Causes Sciatica?


Sciatica is understood as a compression of the sciatic nerve. This compression can occur as the sciatic nerve leaves the spinal column and travels down to the legs and there are many possible causes of sciatica that vary in their severity.
 

  • Subluxations – subluxations occur when the vertebrae in the spine are misaligned. These misalignments can cause restrictions or pressure on different nerves. Subluxations on the sciatic nerve are a common occurrence for many patients.

  • Herniated or bulging discs – The padding or discs between the vertebrae can be damaged or deformed which can create issues with the sciatic nerve resulting in sciatica.

  • Pregnancy – The drastic changes that occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy can create issues along the pelvis and spinal column. Some of these issues may cause a problem with the sciatic nerve.

  • Piriformis syndrome – The sciatic nerve travels underneath the piriformis muscle which can be damaged in slips or falls. If the muscle experiences a strain or tightness, it may affect the ability of the sciatic nerve to function. Cramping or twitching of this muscle can also trigger pain associated with sciatica.
     

Diagnosing Sciatica


As you have just read, sciatica can be caused by a wide range of issues. Several concerns may extend beyond your discomfort when considering an appropriate diagnosis. Any time that your nerves are affected, there is a range of potential causes that should be thoroughly investigated in order to receive a proper diagnosis.

If your issue isn't properly diagnosed, the subsequent treatment may be ineffective. This could lead to continued pain and frustration on your part. Be sure to work with a licensed chiropractor to receive the best care possible.

 

Using Chiropractic Care To Treat Sciatica


If you have worked through a diagnosis with your chiropractor and decided that chiropractic care is the best option for you, then you can begin your treatment plan immediately. You should make sure to ask any questions you may have about your plan and then adjust as needed. Your chiropractor will likely use several different options in the treatment of your sciatica.

  • Decompression – The therapy is used by relieving pressure off the nerves and discs. This is an excellent treatment option for people who are suffering with disc problems (herniation, bulging), sciatica, pain/numbness down the legs/arms, headaches, chronic pain lower back pain or neck pain, facet joint irritation. We offer a state-of-the-art decompression table that is safe and comfortable for our patients that offers an extremely effective alternative to spinal surgery.

  • Electrotherapy – This therapy uses gentle electric pulses to stimulate and heal the muscles around the joints.

  • Spinal Manipulation – Your chiropractor may also help to align the vertebrae in your spine to relieve pinching or pressure on the sciatic nerve. You may experience some cracking in the spine as the chiropractor releases gases from the spinal column and reduces overall pressure.