If you suffer from pain in your lower back that travels through your buttocks and down one or both legs, your sciatic nerve may be compressed, causing a condition known as sciatica. At Daly Integrated Medical Group in Titusville, Florida, the experienced team designs a custom plan to help relieve your sciatica. Call for pain relief today.
What is sciatica?
Your sciatic nerve is the main nerve that spans the distance from the base of your lower back, through your buttocks, down your legs, and to the tops of your feet. When the sciatic nerve gets irritated or inflamed, you develop sciatica.
Sciatic pain varies from person-to-person. You may have mild discomfort as you go about your normal activities or debilitating pain that disrupts your routine and threatens your quality of life.
What causes sciatica?
Some of the main causes of sciatic nerve pain are:
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal arthritis
- Bone spurs
- Disc degeneration
In addition, sitting for long periods, vigorous physical activity, obesity, and pregnancy aggravate sciatica.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Sciatic usually occurs on one side of your body and has a signature characteristic of radiating pain from your lower back and down your legs. Other notable symptoms include:
- Muscle spasms in your lower back
- Leg weakness
- Pain that gets worse when you sit
- Burning or numbness in your leg
- Difficulty standing up
- Intermittent jolts of pain
- Steady, dull ache in your hips and legs
Sciatica pain can keep you from falling asleep or wake you up at night.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
Your chiropractor helps hundreds of patients like you who struggle with sciatica and recognizes the telltale signs. To make a diagnosis, he or she meets with you to discuss your symptoms and to take a close look at your back. It’s likely you’ll receive an X-ray, and possibly an MRI, to finalize your diagnosis.
How is sciatica treated?
At Daly Integrated Medical Group, you have access to the best and most advanced treatment options. If your pain is mild, lifestyle adjustments may relieve your pain and recommendations may be as simple as stretching movements, weight loss, and ample rest.
If, however, your pain is severe, more extensive treatment options include:
- Physical therapy
- Nerve blockers
- Steroid shots
- Hot and cold therapy
- Spinal adjustments
- Spinal decompression
- PRP therapy
You don’t have to live with sciatica. Call the pain specialists at the office.