Sciatica is one of the leading causes of lower back pain, with as many as 40% of people in the United States will experience sciatica at some point in their lives. If you’re looking for a conservative, drug-free solution to your condition, Ruben Garcia, DC, of Peak Physical Medicine in Visalia, California, is a leading provider of patient-centered integrative chiropractic care. To speak with Dr. Garcia about your symptoms, book an appointment at the office by phone or online today.
Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve, your body’s largest nerve extending from your lower back down into your legs, becomes pinched or compressed. Sciatica pain can become severe and is often associated with muscle weakness and impaired bowel or bladder functions.
Patients with sciatica experience pain that radiates from the lower back into the legs along the path of the sciatic nerve. In some cases, simple activities like coughing or sneezing are enough to trigger or worsen symptoms. In rare cases, sciatica is caused by tumors or diabetic nerve damage.
Sciatica can affect anyone, but several factors, including age, obesity, diabetes, and prolonged sitting, can increase your risks. People who work jobs that require heavy lifting or long periods of driving are also at a higher risk of developing sciatica.
A number of conditions can lead to a pinched sciatic nerve. They include:
A herniated or bulging disc occurs when one of the jellylike cushions that support the vertebrae pushes out of place. This can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in pain, numbness, and inflammation.
A bone spur is an overgrowth that develops on the edge of bones. Bone spurs are most commonly caused by joint damage due to osteoarthritis. As the cartilage breaks down, the body attempts to compensate by producing bone spurs. If a bone spur develops on the spine, it can compress the sciatic nerve.
Spinal stenosis is a condition that develops when the spinal canal, which protects the spinal cord, begins to narrow. This narrowing typically happens gradually and reduces the space available to the nerves and spinal cord. Lumbar spinal stenosis refers to narrowing that occurs in the lower back. If this happens near the sciatic nerve, it can lead to sciatic pain.
Sciatica pain can be effectively relieved with integrative chiropractic treatment. To determine which treatment is right for you, your provider performs a physical exam and discusses your signs and symptoms. Based on your evaluation, treatment of your sciatic pain can include:
Peak Physical Medicine specializes in safe and effective minimally invasive treatments of sciatica. To find out which is right for your condition, call the office or book your appointment online.