Sciatica Relief from Our Chiropractors in Springfield
The most common complaint of our sciatica patients is radiating discomfort. Sciatic nerve pain can make it impossible to follow normal daily routines. Fortunately, our chiropractors offer patients at our Meek Chiropractic clinic in Springfield, MO, only natural therapies that deliver relief without surgery or medication.
Many people believe that sciatica is a specific medical condition. In fact, it is an umbrella term for a symptom of a medical disorder involving the sciatic nerve.
This nerve extends from the spine through the pelvis. The longest nerve in the body, it runs through the hip area and buttocks, then down each leg. When this nerve becomes compressed or irritated, the result is sciatic nerve pain.
Pressure on the nerve is most often caused by a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. Other common culprits include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Sciatica usually affects just one side of the body. The most common sign is radiating pain extending from the lower spine to the buttock, then traveling down the back of the affected leg. Some patients experience numbness or weakness in a foot or a leg or pain that gets worse when they sit or stand. Walking can be difficult. Sometimes a sudden motion such as a sneeze can magnify symptoms.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatic Nerve Pain
The first step toward relief from sciatic nerve pain is an evaluation by one of our chiropractors. During this initial consultation, our doctor performs a comprehensive exam, reviews the patient’s health history, assesses symptoms and complaints, and orders any necessary tests. Once there is a positive diagnosis, our staff creates a customized treatment plan.
For most sufferers, a combination of stretching exercises, deep tissue massage, and chiropractic adjustments relieves sciatic pain. Correction of misaligned parts of the spine resolves multiple disorders responsible for this pain.
In rare cases, patients might require a trigger point injection. This procedure involves injecting anesthetic into the lower back or piriformis muscle to interrupt a cycle of spasms.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Chiropractor in Springfield
Don’t let the discomfort associated with sciatica prevent you from leading the lifestyle you love. Our Meek Chiropractic doctors look forward to showing you how a natural approach to health and wellness can change your life. The staff at our state-of-the-art facility in Springfield, MO, offers a variety of services to improve your health without surgery or medication. Be sure and call us today at 417-887-0340 to schedule an appointment and learn how chiropractic can change your life.