Sciatica is pain that affects parts of your body that your sciatic nerve runs through, and it usually happens due to an underlying spinal problem. Although sciatic pain can be severe, there are ways to relieve it and lower your risk of having it come back.
If you have sciatica, you might have one or more of the following symptoms:
When a herniated disc, bone spur, or other spinal problem puts pressure on your sciatic nerve, it becomes inflamed. This nerve, which is the longest in your body, reaches from your lower back to your foot. Pressure on any part of this nerve leads to discomfort and other symptoms of sciatica.
You might have an increased risk of having sciatica if you have any of the following risk factors:
Chiropractic adjustments remove pressure from your sciatic nerve, resulting in relief from pain and other symptoms. Dr. Spence performs these adjustments to ensure that your spine is properly aligned. You shouldn’t feel any pain during these adjustments, although your back might feel slightly sore afterward (this is only temporary).
Dr. Spence provides you with information on steps you can take to reduce your risk of having sciatic pain again. He might also recommend doing physical therapy along with chiropractic care. Physical therapy makes your back muscles stronger, which might help prevent sciatica from returning.
If you need sciatica treatment in San Diego, please contact Spence Chiropractic Center for an appointment with Dr. Spence.
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