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Few experiences are less welcome that sudden, debilitating symptoms that interfere with your balance, mobility, and quality of life. Sciatica is a common reason for such symptoms -- but you may not know what this problem entails, or what you can do to get rid of it. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about sciatica here at our Lubbock, TX chiropractic clinic.
The term" sciatica" refers to a syndrome or set of symptoms related to a particular underlying cause -- the impingement or irritation of the sciatic nerve or its nerve roots.
The sciatic nerve is the principal nerve serving your leg, including all the smaller nerves of the leg and foot. Compression at any point along this pathway can cause abnormal nerve signaling in any of the subsidiary nerves.
Most commonly, the nerve roots connecting the sciatic nerve to the spinal cord get pinched by a neighboring spinal structure such as herniated/bulging discs or misaligned vertebra. You can develop sciatica due to an acute injury, degenerative spinal condition, untreated subluxation, or even poor posture.
The most glaring signs of sciatica include tingling, pain, numbness, or loss of muscle function at various points in the leg, buttock, or foot. Low back pain can also occur. Your symptoms may get worse when you sneeze or a cough.
Sciatica may recede after several weeks, only to recur again and again. That's because the underlying cause of your sciatica hasn't yet been treated. You have endured bout after bout of sciatica until you get that underlying issue fixed once and for all.
Chiropractic adjustments can straighten out spinal alignment issues that put pressure on sciatic nerve tissue. With the pressure gone, normal nerve function is restored and your symptoms leave you. Repeated adjustment sessions reinforce this new and improved alignment.
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical method for shifting herniated or bulging discs away from the sciatic nerve roots.Our mechanical treatment table applies gentle, painless flexion-distraction to the spine, increasing the intervertebral spaces and drawing the discs back into position.
Our chiropractor may recommend corrective exercises to help you maintain a straighter posture and give your spine a greater degree of muscular support.
Now that you have answers to your sciatica questions, it's time to find relief. Call Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine at (806) 791-3399 to schedule a consultation and spinal evaluation from our Lubbock TX chiropractor!