Sciatica Pain Relief
Treating sciatica in Fort Collins. Call Square One and find out how we can heal your sciatica pain.
What Is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back and extends all the way to your feet. This nerve consists of five smaller nerve roots that band together and form the largest single nerve in your body.
When the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated, it can cause tingling, numbness or weakness in one leg. Sciatica pain may even be severe or sharp pain, which can be quite excruciating. Sciatica pain has also been described as burning, searing, shooting or radiating. And it may be felt as a localized or traveling pain in your lower back, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, feet, and toes – or in all of these places at once. And although your pain may be felt in any or all of these locations, most sciatica pain originates in the lower back or pelvis region – where the nerve has been compressed at its point of origin.
Typically, sciatica pain is felt in either the left or the right leg. It is rare for sciatica pain to present in both legs at once. Patients suffering with sciatica pain may have difficulty walking, sitting, standing or lying down. The sciatica pain may be constant or sporadic and can range from irritating to debilitating.
Sciatica pain, or decompression of the sciatic nerve, can occur for a number of reasons:
- Disc degeneration
- Herniated disc
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis
- Pinched nerve
- Shortened leg
- Thoracic spine shifting to one side
- Lack of curvature in the spine
- Too much curvature in the spine
- Birth deformities
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Spinal tumor
- Scar tissue
- Muscle strain
The good news is that sciatica pain can usually be remedied without surgery, and permanent damage rarely occurs as a result of a sciatica condition.
The Square One Difference in Sciatica Treatment
Other doctors may take a shotgun approach or have a single treatment regimen for any sciatica case. While this approach may work for some people, it doesn’t work for everyone. That’s because true healing comes from treating the actual medical cause of the sciatica pain, rather than just treating – or covering up – the symptoms.
We’ll create a therapy plan that is appropriate for the cause of your sciatica pain. At Square One, we provide sciatica treatment based on the cause, or origination, of the pain – not just the pain, itself. When you base treatment on the true cause of the pain, then the results are significantly more successful. We are returning more patients to better health and pain-free living through comprehensive treatment provided to every patient.
Sciatica Risk Factors
Studies have shown that those who are overweight or obese or those who smoke may have a greater risk factor in developing issues with sciatica pain.
Nonsurgical Sciatica Treatment
At Square One, we’re using patient-specific sciatica treatment and therapies to help heal your pain. That means that we don’t use a one-size-fits-all approach. Treatment that is based on where you feel sciatica pain and where your sciatica condition originates will create better patient results. And you’ll get back to feeling better and living a pain-free life a whole lot sooner.
Your sciatica treatment may include the following therapies:
- Pain medications
- Steroid injections
Stretches for Sciatica Pain
Prescribed stretches will help increase the mobility of your spine and reduce pressure on your sciatic nerve. Some stretches can be performed while sitting, and others can be performed while standing or lying down. You can learn these stretches during your office visit and continue to easily perform them at home.
Exercises for Sciatica Pain
Simple exercises or low-impact aerobic activity can be incorporated into your sciatica treatment to increase your strength in the spinal column and supporting muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These exercises will typically focus on the lower back, abdomen and hips. Aerobic exercises can include walking, swimming, Pilates, tai chi or yoga. These exercises will help strengthen your core muscles to better support your spine and keep it in proper alignment.
Chiropractic Adjustments for Sciatica Pain
Square One’s highly trained health professionals can perform spinal adjustments to help relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Our focus is to provide a more proper spinal column alignment, which will help address several underlying conditions that can cause your sciatic nerve pain.
Adjustments are usually very comfortable. Some patients experience immediate pain relief after a manual adjustment. These minor spinal adjustments will create a better healing environment within your body, and they may even help alleviate causes of other health symptoms.
Other Treatments for Sciatica Pain
Initially we may also suggest using heat or ice, or alternating both, to help treat you sciatica pain. This approach helps with more immediate sciatica pain relief while we use other physical therapies to work on the affected areas.
So don’t wait for help with your sciatica pain. Sciatica treatment is just a phone call away!
Call Square One today and find out how we can heal your sciatica pain.
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