Sciatica pain can be incredibly disruptive to your normal daily routines. Finding relief is possible through the care of the highly skilled team at Health Atlast. This holistic, multidisciplinary practice has offices in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Long Beach, Fountain Valley, and Costa Mesa, California. When you’re ready to explore available treatments of sciatica, book an appointment online or over the phone.
Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your lower back down through your hips, buttocks, and legs, where it ends just below your knees. This nerve controls muscles your lower legs and enables sensations in your lower legs and feet.
When your sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed, pain follows. Sciatica is the term used to describe the pain that originates in your sciatic nerve. Sciatica isn’t a condition but a symptom.
Sciatica usually causes a shooting pain that begins in your lower back and radiates through your buttock and down the back of one leg. Other symptoms can include:
Sciatica pain can range from mild to severe and can be constant or intermittent. Your pain might be more of a dull ache or it could feel like a sharp, stabbing discomfort. Unlike many types of back pain, sciatica is relatively easy to diagnose.
Because sciatica is caused by pressure on your sciatic nerve, treatment focuses on relieving that pressure. Very often, sciatica results from a misaligned spine. When your vertebrae and discs aren’t properly aligned they can place pressure on a portion of your sciatic nerve. This can cause pain and unusual sensations throughout the length of the nerve.
Chiropractic adjustments help by returning your spine to its proper alignment. Therapies like targeted stretching and exercise can also ease your pain.
Another powerful treatment is called spinal decompression. This procedure works by gently stretching your spine to take the pressure off your spinal discs. Decompression also helps your discs get the hydration, oxygen, and nutrients they need to heal and thrive. The process isn’t painful, but it’s important to work with a skilled chiropractor to ensure a positive outcome.
To find relief from sciatica pain, call or stop by a Health Atlast office today. You can also try the easy online booking tool to set up your visit.