Sciatica refers to a medical condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve – the largest nerve in the human body, is compressed or irritated by surrounding tissue. The sciatic nerve, which begins in one’s low back, branches out and runs down each leg. When inflamed, the sciatic nerve can cause intense pain that is hard to ignore, as it can happen when walking, standing, and even sitting. If you live or work in and around Montrose, CO, Dr. Jack Bradley of Good News Chiropractic can diagnose and address the cause of your sciatic pain and relieve associated symptoms.
The symptoms of a compressed or inflamed sciatic nerve can show up in your low back, hips, buttocks, and down each leg. Sciatica pain varies from intermittent to chronic and may be described as -
- Burning sensations
- Shooting pain
Additionally, those afflicted with sciatica may experience muscle weakness and spasms in related areas.
Potential Causes of Sciatic Pain
It is important to note that while sciatica is recognized as a medical condition, often, it manifests as a symptom related to a separate and distinct underlying issue – a condition that causes the nerve to become irritated and inflamed – causing pain and other uncomfortable symptoms that can easily disrupt your daily routine.
If you are experiencing the pain associated with sciatica, the potential cause may include one or more of the following -
- Muscle knots create trigger points of pain.
- Poor posture.
- Long periods of sitting.
- A disc that is herniated or misaligned.
- Degenerating spinal discs.
- High heels or ill-fitting shoes.
- Pregnancy and more.
Sciatica Treatment Options
In certain circumstances, sciatica symptoms may improve without the need for medical intervention. However, because the pain and symptoms of sciatica are typically a symptom (and not the root cause), it is smart to seek a chiropractor’s guidance to address the underlying cause of the pain. In addition to traditional spinal adjustments and complementary therapies (i.e., massage therapy), Dr. Bradley employs these therapies to manage sciatica and related symptoms -
- Cox Technique
- Activator Methods
Contact a Leading Montrose, CO, Chiropractor for Sciatica Symptom Relief
Sciatic pain will continue until the nerve is no longer being compressed. As such, seeking professional help from a chiropractor or healthcare professional who can accurately identify your pain’s cause and develop an effective, but minimally-invasive sciatica treatment plan is critical.
For those in and around Montrose, CO, contact Dr. Bradley or a member of the Good News Chiropractic’s staff can be reached at 970-252-8255 and online.