Sciatica and Leg Pain Treatment
While sciatica in the lower back and leg pain may not seem related, they have a definitive relationship. Prolonged sciatica and chronic nerve pain shooting down the leg can greatly hinder a person’s lifestyle. Dr. Garr Martin helps Irvine, CA, residents overcome the pain and immobility caused by this ailment, assisting them in reclaiming quality lifestyles.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to shooting, radiating pain which runs along the sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in your lower back, branching throughout the hips, buttocks, and each leg. In most cases, sciatica affects one side of the body, but in some cases, it can impact both.
What Causes Sciatica and Leg Pain?
Often, sciatica is caused by an injured lower back. Direct impacts, twists, and overextension can result in long-term injuries, resulting in short, sharp, or chronic sciatic pains. Sciatica and leg pain are most often caused by the following:
- A herniated disk
- Bone spurs
- Narrowing of the spine
These conditions compress the sciatic nerve, resulting in inflammation. In some cases, the nerve’s compression can even result in leg numbness. Sciatic pain can be severe, impacting bowel and bladder functions.
Symptoms of Sciatic Leg Pain
Sciatica pain tends to differ on a person-to-person basis. Still, there are ways of identifying it. The most common symptoms of sciatica are:
- Worsening back and leg pain when sitting
- A tingling sensation in either leg
- Difficulty moving, or extending the leg or foot
- Shooting pains when standing
Less extreme forms of sciatica often emerge as a light tingling sensation. However, without proper treatment, these sensations normally manifest as shooting, stinging pain over time.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
Sciatic pain can be treated in many ways. One of the most effective ways of treating sciatica is chiropractic treatment, which includes therapeutic, manual manipulation of the lower back and legs. Chiropractic treatment restores mobility by releasing pressure on the sciatic nerve, allowing it to heal over time.
Massage and cold laser therapy can treat sciatica and leg pain. In every case, treatment is customized to the patient’s particular case, so as to both alleviate sciatica and prevent it in the future.
Your Irvine, CA, Chiropractor
If you or a loved one suffers from sciatica, Dr. Gary Martin can help. Every treatment method is founded upon years of extensive experience, assuring every patient is cared for with custom-tailored, therapeutic solutions. Give your chiropractor call at (949) 559-7999, and ask us about our available treatment options. From start to finish, every treatment program prioritizes your mobility, comfort, and wellness.