If your lower back, buttock, leg and/or foot have been presenting you with all kinds of pains and other odd sensations lately, you may be suffering from a bout of sciatica. This inflammation and dysfunction of the sciatic nerve may have a quaintly old-fashioned name, but there's nothing amusing about it for the many individuals who find it debilitating -- especially when it seems to vanish, only to recur time and time again. The good news is that you don't have to live with sciatica. Our Dunedin chiropractor at Raveling Chiropractic, Dr. Paul Raveling, can provide safe, non-invasive treatments to restore your comfort and functionality.
How Sciatica Happens
Sciatica has a co-occurring set of symptoms, and these symptoms are commonly associated with issues that pinch or irritate the sciatic nerve. This thick nerve sends and receives all the sensory information and motor commands passing between the brain and the leg. A set of nerve roots connects the sciatic nerve to the spinal cord through narrow passages between lumbar and sacral vertebrae.
This anatomical arrangement is actually part of the problem where sciatica is concerned, because any spinal alignment abnormalities, injuries or degenerative changes in the lower back can put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots, interrupting the normal flow of signals and causing both lower back pain as well as weakness, pain, numbness or tingling in the leg or foot. Factors that contribute to sciatica include:
- Age (most often striking 30-to-50-year olds)
- Habitual poor posture or undiagnosed musculoskeletal imbalances
- A traumatic accident that produces a herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis due to bone spurs or spondylolisthesis, which reduces free space around the nerve roots
- Muscle spasms that pinch the nerve itself (piriformis syndrome)
Natural Leg Pain and Low Back Pain Relief at Raveling Chiropractic Center
Raveling Chiropractic Center can serve as your resource for non-surgical leg pain and low back pain relief. Our Dunedin chiropractor can identify the specific structure pressing on your sciatic nerve tissue and then administer natural, drug-free solutions. Spinal adjustments can correct your vertebral position and shift herniated discs away from nerve roots, relieving the odd neurological symptoms you've been experiencing, while physical therapy can help strengthen your lumbar support and optimize your posture. Massage therapy can relieve muscle spasms that put the pinch of the sciatic nerve where it passes through the buttock to the leg. We can prescribe a holistic pain relief package that addresses your individual spinal issues and rehabilitation needs.
Let Us Help You Put a Stop to Your Sciatica, Call Us Today!
If you're ready to put an end to your recurring sciatica problems, the next logical step is to call Raveling Chiropractic Center at 727-733-0433 to schedule an initial evaluation. We hate sciatica just as much as you do -- and we have the skills and techniques that can help stop it!