What are the Causes and Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatica is a medical condition that affects the sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the human body. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the back of each leg. Sciatica occurs when this nerve is compressed or irritated, leading to pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.
Common causes of sciatica include a herniated disk, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), degenerative disk disease, or a bone spur on the spine. Other risk factors for sciatica include obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, and age-related changes in the spine.
Several studies have shown that chiropractic care can be an effective treatment for sciatica. For example, a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic spinal manipulation was effective in reducing sciatic pain in patients with acute sciatica. Another study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy found that chiropractic care, in conjunction with other treatments such as exercise, was effective in reducing pain and disability in patients with chronic low back pain and sciatica.
Chiropractic care is an essential component to total wellness. At VIDA Chiropractic Studio, we offer all-natural, drug-free chiropractic care for a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological issues, to help relieve pain (including headaches, sciatica, and joint pain), to optimize your body’s overall function and healing capacity, and to improve balance, strength, and range of motion and help you achieve your best health. If you’re interested in learning more about how a chiropractor can help you feel better and live healthier, contact us today at (303) 433-5433 to schedule your appointment.