Sciatica Treatment and Overview
Sciatica is the type of nerve pain that is caused by irritation or an injury of the sciatic nerve (the largest spinal nerve in the body) in the lower back. The pain starts in the back and radiates to the legs, buttocks, and the soles of the feet. One major characteristic of this condition is that it occurs on one side of the body only.
The most common symptoms of the sciatic condition are the following:
- Weakness and numbness in one of the legs, buttocks, and the lower back.
- Moderate to severe pain in the buttock, leg, and the back.
- Tingling and burning sensation in the affected leg.
- Poor bowel and bladder control
- Weakness in knees.
If you have at least one of these symptoms that are not going away, it is recommended to see a doctor to figure out what exactly is causing the pain.
To diagnose the sciatic condition a doctor's visit is required. The first thing that a doctor will do in order to diagnose it is a physical exam. He may ask you to do certain stretching and moving exercises that will help to determine which movements and activities cause more pain. A doctor may also perform nerve tests that help to understand if there any abnormalities in how nerve impulses are conducted by the sciatic nerve. In some cases, MRI, CT scans, and spinal X-rays are required.
Treatment of the sciatic condition is based on two goals - to increase mobility and decrease the pain. Treatment depends on the cause of the condition and how severe the symptoms are. However, in most cases, the combination of medication, physical therapy, alternative medicine, and therapeutic injections is the best treatment strategy.
How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help
Chiropractic treatment has proven to be effective in treating the sciatic condition. With the help of chiropractic manipulations, a chiropractor allows a herniated disk to rest back into the right position, which takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Spinal manipulations can also help to restore misaligned vertebral discs and free limited spinal movement.
Let Chiropractor Dr. Ramon Rosales Jr. from San Antonio, TX Be Guide To Your Health
If you are suffering from sciatic pain, you should see a specialist as soon as possible. For those who live in San Antonio, Hondo, Castroville TX, or any other surrounding towns. Rosales Chiropractic Clinic is ready to help. We provide chiropractic solutions to address our patients' health needs, whether you are experiencing sciatic pain or any other health issues. Therefore, if you a resident of San Antonio or other surrounding towns, including Hondo and Castroville, do not hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors.