Sciatica is the medical term for pain coming from the sciatic nerve. The condition is common in adults age 40 and older and can interfere with daily function. Fortunately, we treat this condition at Perron Chiropractic without medication or invasive solutions. In fact, our Reston, VA, chiropractor has helped countless individuals manage the pain with chiropractic care. Some of them even avoided invasive back surgery after receiving routine care.
What Causes Sciatic Nerve Pain?
The primary cause of pain is an inflamed or irritated sciatic nerve. There are two sciatic nerves on either side of the body. They extend from the nerve root in the lumbar (lower) spine and run through the hips, buttocks, and leg all the way to the feet. Various factors lead to pressure on one or both nerves, setting off pain and interfering with your ability to walk, sit, or stand for a long time. But the most common culprit is a herniated or ruptured lumbar disc that protrudes and touches the nerve. Disc herniation often results from the following:
- Poor posture
- Degenerative disc disease
- Living a sedentary lifestyle
- Spinal misalignment due to an accident or fall
- Twisting suddenly when lifting heavy objects
- Excess weight on the lower spine from obesity or pregnancy
Patients usually complain of off-and-on or persistent low back pain that may change from a sharp shooting to a burning or stinging pain. Sometimes there is an electric shock sensation. The pain may radiate to the buttock, groin, or back of the legs. Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the lower extremities are also hallmark symptoms of sciatic nerve interference. The leg may feel heavy or you may have trouble moving it.
Non-Surgical Sciatica Treatment at Perron Chiropractic
A pinched sciatic nerve disrupts the nervous system and motor functions. Therefore, the main goal of treatment is to take the pressure off the nerve and improve communication between the spinal cord, brain, and body. We can achieve this using spinal adjustment by itself or along with spinal decompression. Both are effective pain-relief techniques, although decompression therapy creates negative pressure within the herniated disc. This allows it to slip back between the vertebrae and heal properly.
Dr. Perron may also perform manual or instrument-assisted spinal adjustments to realign the spine and move the spinal structures away from the nerve. Of course, you're welcome to visit our chiropractor for routine chiropractic adjustments to keep the spine aligned and prevent recurring nerve or back pain. In addition, we may recommend the Sitback rest to help you maintain a good sitting posture at home, at the office, or in your car.
Call Perron Chiropractic Today!
Perron Chiropractic in Reston, VA, provides comprehensive care from an experienced chiropractor who is committed to helping you live active and pain-free. Call 703-689-2300 to request an appointment today.