Sciatic is such a common problem that many people view at as an inevitability that must simply be put up with. But this inflammation and impingement of the body’s largest nerve can cause far more than the occasional annoyance; severe bouts can result in agonizing leg pains and debilitating loss of motor function, threatening your ability to work, play, sleep and enjoy life. Fortunately, there are a variety of natural therapies available to help stop sciatica in its tracks — and you can get them from Dr. Danielle Clarke, our chiropractor at Beyond Medical.
Natural Solutions for Your Sciatica
When you consider that the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the entire body, you can understand how a major disruption to this nerve’s function could cause similarly major disruptions to your life. The sciatic nerve stems from several large nerve roots in the lumbar and sacral parts of the spine. As it proceeds from the spine it branches out into numerous nerves, relaying sensory data and motor commands throughout the lower back, buttock, leg and foot. Any injury or other health problem that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve or its nerve roots can choke off the flow of information while also generating severe pain signals and other “misfires.” The faulty signals are then distributed along the sciatic nerve’s many branches, resulting in:
- Lower back pain
- Shooting pains in the buttock, leg and/or foot
- Numbness or “pins and needles” sensations in the affected extremity
- Problems with motor control that impair walking or balance
- Muscle weakness and atrophy
Why would your sciatic nerve become impinged or damaged? Frequently the cause is a herniated disc or spinal subluxation that presses against one of the nerve roots that feed the sciatic nerve. A traumatic jolt to the spine, chronic alignment issues or degenerative diseases that permit excessive disc motion can all set the stage for sciatica, which is why we refer to it as a syndrome (a collection of symptoms) rather than a condition in its own right.
Sciatica Treatment from Our Altamonte Springs Chiropractor
Sciatic nerve inflammation may come and go for years until you treat its underlying cause — and we have the means to do so naturally here at Beyond Medical. Our Altamonte Springs chiropractor can perform gentle yet effective spinal adjustments to help take the “pinch” off of your sciatic nerve roots. One such method, flexion/distraction therapy, applies tiny, controlled amounts of distraction force to the spine to draw herniated disc material away from the sciatic nerve and back into its proper place within the spinal canal.
Contact Beyond Medical Today!
Once the impingement stops, so do the symptoms — without any need for drugs or back surgery. But even after your immediate pain has fled, we may still recommend corrective exercises to strengthen your back muscles or periodic spinal screenings to help prevent future attacks. Call (407) 261-1001 today for an appointment — and take the first step toward stopping your sciatica!