Your sciatic nerve begins in your lower back and travels through your hips and into your buttocks, legs, and feet. It is the longest single nerve in the human body.
If you experience a herniated disc in your lower spine, pressure might be placed on the surrounding nerves, including your sciatic nerve. That leads to significant pain throughout the lower half of your body.
In addition to a herniated disc, other sources of nerve compression include pregnancy and childbirth, misaligned vertebrae, tumors, diabetes, and bone spurs. Even habitually sitting on a wallet in your back pocket can lead to sciatica.
Most people who suffer from sciatica will only notice symptoms occurring on one side of their lower body. Common symptoms include a combination of the following:
Some people report that symptoms flare-up when they make sudden movements, such as coughing or sneezing, or when they change positions.
If Dr. Greenberg determines that your pain is the result of sciatica, there are several different treatment options available. Dr. Greenberg creates a customized treatment plan for each person in her care.
Some people respond well to ultrasound therapy. This approach uses sound waves to create gentle heat that penetrates deep into soft tissues. Ultrasound therapy can improve your circulation in the affected area and help reduce muscle spasms, swelling, cramping, pain, and stiffness.
Another approach involves transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). A small, battery-powered, portable device emits varying intensities of carefully controlled electrical currents. TENS therapy can help reduce muscle spasms and control pain.
One of the most common ways that chiropractors treat sciatica is through spinal manipulation. That involves the hands-on application of force to restore proper alignment of vertebrae and improve restricted motion in the spinal column.
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