Suffering From Sciatica?
If you've begun experiencing recurring bouts of lower back pain, leg pain and other odd sensations in your lower extremities as you move toward middle age, there's a very good chance that you're experiencing a common but debilitating problem known as sciatica. But whether your sciatica was triggered by an acute physical trauma or it has its origins in a longstanding spinal misalignment or degenerative disc disease, the symptoms may continue to plague you until you get the help you need. Our Phoenix chiropractor at Imagine Wellness Chiropractic Centers, Dr. Roxane Zamora, can provide natural, safe solutions for your sciatica.
Sciatica is so named because it involves a "pinching" or impingement of the body's largest nerve, the sciatic nerve, which extends from major lumbar nerve roots through the pelvis and leg. Since the sciatic nerve is responsible for conducting all the nerve signals that pass between the spinal cord and the leg's numerous branching nerves, a pinched sciatic nerve root can cause all kinds of problems in the affected extremity.
Lower Back Pain & Other Sciatica Symptoms
Sciatica usually strikes one leg at a time. Lower back pain is a common symptom. Other symptoms include sharp pains firing down the leg, tingling sensations, numbness in the leg or foot, and muscle weakness that impairs gait and balance. Your symptoms may be at their worst while you're sitting or when you try to stand up from a seated position. A bout of sciatica may last for several weeks before finally subsiding -- only to recur again and again.
Misalignment of the Pelvis and Other Sciatica Causes
There are many possible causes for sciatica. Age is one factor; the symptoms mainly strike people between 25 and 40. By this point in life, poor posture or weak muscle support in the lower back can contribute to a misalignment of the pelvis, allowing structures to press against the sacral and lumbar nerve roots attached to the sciatic nerve. Degenerative disc disease involving herniated or bulging discs is another cause of sciatic nerve impingement. A major incident such as a sports injury or auto accident impact can also leave you with leg and back pain in Phoenix.
Our chiropractor in Phoenix is an expert at identifying and correcting the underlying causes of sciatica. A detailed spinal examination can reveal the presence of a bulging disc, herniated disc, misalignment of the pelvis or other cause of sciatic nerve impingement. Our Phoenix chiropractor can then employ, safe, effective conservative pain relief measures such as:
- Chiropractic adjustment to correct a misalignment of the pelvis
- Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy to direct discs away from sciatic nerve tissue
- Corrective exercises to help you strengthen the muscles of the lower back and reinforce a straight, healthy posture
Call our Phoenix chiropractor for a consultation. We're your solution for leg and back pain relief!