Sciatica Treatment Provided by our Manalapan, NJ Chiropractor
If you have numbness in your lower back or legs, you could have Sciatica. Although Sciatica doesn't classify as a condition, it's a symptom of problems like a herniated disc. Rather than just giving you a medication that covers up the fact that you have lower back pain, our Manalapan chiropractor, Dr. Anthony Dinonno, at Monmouth Back and Neck Rehabilitation, serving Manalapan, NJ, and the surrounding area, gets to the root of the problem.
Sciatica is pain that runs along the sciatic nerve, which extends from your lower back to your hips, buttocks, and down each one of your leg. Sometimes, you have symptoms in your feet. In most cases, sciatica only occurs on one side of the body.
You could have pain that extends from your lower back throughout your spine and down the back of your legs. You could also feel a general feeling of discomfort as well as weakness, numbness, or tingling along the nerve pathway. The pain ranges from a mild ache to a sharp, intense, or excruciating pain. Some people experience a jolt or electric shock feeling. Often, your symptoms worsen when you cough, sneeze or sit for prolonged periods of time.
Causes of Sciatica
Usually, Sciatica occurs from a herniated disc compressing the sciatic nerve. It's also possible that a bone overgrowth irritated the nerve. Pregnancy is known for causing sciatica. In rare cases, it could stem from a tumor or nerve damage from diabetes.
Certain risk factors make you more susceptible to sciatica. For instance, as you age, you're more likely to experience changes in the quality of the discs in your back, which means you're more at risk for having a herniated disc that could compress the sciatic nerve. Another risk factor is obesity. Being overweight stresses your spine, increasing your risk of spinal change that leads to Sciatica. Your occupation, lifestyle, and health also impact your chances.
How Our Chiropractor Diagnoses Sciatica
Our Manalapan Chiropractor starts your treatment by viewing your medical history to see if you have any conditions like diabetes, which increase your risk for sciatica. He will ask you questions about your lower back pain and other symptoms that you may have. The next step could possibly consist of imaging your spine to check for alignment and then developing a Sciatica treatment plan personalized for you.
How Our Chiropractor Treats Sciatica
The chiropractor may administer a spinal alignment to take pressure off of the sciatic nerve. Spinal decompression could help alleviate your symptoms as well by taking pressure off of your sciatic nerve. Our Manalapan chiropractor may recommend lifestyle changes that can reduce your symptoms.
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