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Sciatica is a not a condition or disease – it is a symptom of a back problem. People with sciatica feel back pain that travels down one or both of their legs. Some people describe the discomfort of sciatica as dull, achy, toothache-like pain. Others say the pain is a sharp, pins-and-needles type pain that sometimes feels like an electric shock. Many people feel burning, tingling or numbness that starts in the back and radiates downward. Fortunately, our Roanoke chiropractor provides safe and effective sciatica treatment to alleviate pain and restore function.
The type of sciatica treatment prescribed by our Roanoke chiropractor depends largely on the underlying cause of your back pain.
The spinal column consists of several bones, known as vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another somewhat like a deck of cards. This particular arrangement helps you bend and twist in almost every direction. Rubbery discs between each vertebra cushion the bones of the spine to prevent them from grinding against one another as you move. The nerves of your spinal cord start in your brain and exit through tiny holes in your spinal column to serve the different parts of your body. Any sort of pressure to these nerves causes pain, numbness, weakness and dysfunction.
Sciatica is usually the result of sciatic nerve compression, a condition where discs cushioning the bones of your spine press against a sciatic nerve to cause pain and dysfunction. You have two sciatic nerves in your body; each runs down from your spinal column through your buttocks to the muscles in your legs and your feet. Pressure to these nerves cause symptoms of sciatica.
Treatment for sciatica focuses on reducing compression to the sciatic nerve and relieving symptoms of sciatica. Back pain care and holistic pain management safely and effectively relieves sciatica symptoms without surgery. Heat, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers can help. Chiropractic care to restore misaligned vertebrae, spinal decompression that pulls discs back into position, corrective exercises and massage therapy are highly effective at relieving sciatica. These non-surgical treatments alleviate pain, numbness, weakness and other symptoms of sciatica for most people.
Do not let sciatica slow you down. If you or someone you love suffers from the pain and disability of sciatica, make an appointment for sciatica treatment with our Roanoke chiropractor at 3603 Brambleton Ave #A in Roanoke, VA. Call 540-526-7479.