Sciatica Treatment Options From Our Chiropractor in Livonia, MI
If you have ever felt a feeling of electricity traveling down one or both legs, or a shooting pain starting in your lower back and traveling down to one or both feet, you may have been experiencing symptoms of sciatica. Caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve in the lower back, sciatica is a common condition that can range from irritating to debilitating. As your chiropractor in Livonia, MI, we have successfully treated numerous patients suffering from sciatica. We encourage you to contact us and schedule an appointment to learn more!
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and travels down both legs, all the way to your feet. If you are lucky, you will never know it is there. But many people are not so lucky. For one reason or another, ranging from injury to disease, pressure begins to be placed on the sciatic nerve. Once pressure is applied, the symptoms can include:
- Loss of sensation
- Burning sensation
- Feeling of electricity
- Shooting pains
Sometimes symptoms of sciatica seem to be random, while other times they may be relatively constant, or they may result from obvious causes – like twisting a certain way. Many people do not seek treatment for sciatica early on, thinking that the problem will go away. But often the only way to avoid symptoms is to get appropriate treatment.
Causes of Sciatica
The spine is complex and vulnerable, making it prone to injury. There are a variety of things that can lead to sciatica, including:
- Back injury
- Auto accident injury
- Workplace injury
- Slip and fall
- Sports injury
- Degenerative disc disease
Injury can cause the spine to become misaligned, can tear muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and can damage discs. Herniated discs and bulging discs can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. Or the discs can degenerate, leaving less cushion in the spine and causing pressure to hit the sciatic nerve.
Treatments for Sciatica
The specific treatment we offer will depend on what we believe is the cause of your sciatica. Your treatment may include:
- Spinal Decompression - By stretching your spine carefully, we can create an ideal environment for your discs to return to their proper positions, which can alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Chiropractic Adjustments - If a spinal misalignment is leading to sciatica symptoms, the best way to address the problem is through chiropractic adjustments. We can use specific techniques to put your vertebrae back in alignment.
- Corrective Exercises - By following a customized exercise routine designed for your injury, you can strengthen your body to provide better support, improve posture and alleviate your symptoms.
Schedule Your Appointment in the Livonia, MI Area
If you are dealing with symptoms that you think could be sciatica, please contact us to schedule an appointment. Contact us at (734) 462-2262 to set up a time to visit our chiropractic in the Livonia, MI, area.