Sciatica

Paladin Chiropractic -  - Chiropractor

Paladin Chiropractic

Chiropractors located in Winter Park, FL

Do you feel shooting pain in your lower back when you stand after sitting for too long? If so, you may have a painful nerve condition called sciatica. Brandon Orsino, DC, Michael Rodriguez, DC, and the chiropractic team at Paladin Chiropractic, in Winter Park, Florida, have the skill and experience to effectively diagnose and treat the various causes of sciatica. To learn more, call Paladin Chiropractic or schedule a consultation online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a type of pain that stems from the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and down the back of the legs. While chronic sciatica can be a lifelong condition, it’s often less severe and painful than acute sciatica, which lasts for one to two weeks.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica pain varies from person to person. It can be mild and easy to manage or severe and debilitating. Some of the most common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Low back pain
  • Pain that worsens after sitting for long periods of time
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs
  • One-sided leg or back pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Hip pain
  • Tingling or burning sensation down the leg

Because the sciatic nerve runs from the back down the leg, sciatica can impact your mobility if you’re suffering a flare-up.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by irritation at or near the sciatic nerve. Some of the most common conditions that can trigger sciatica, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Muscle spasm
  • Herniated disc
  • Bone spur (bone overgrowth)
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis (spinal canal narrowing)
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease

While sciatica isn’t preventable in all cases, being overweight, uncomfortable sleeping positions, wearing high-heels, and not exercising regularly put you at risk of the condition.

How is sciatica treated?

The Paladin Chiropractic team uses a multifaceted approach to treat sciatica with a combination of:

Spinal adjustment

Spinal adjustment can help relieve pressure from the sciatic nerve to reduce inflammation, restore vertebral alignment, and relieve pain. This hands-on treatment can provide lasting relief from the symptoms of sciatica.

Soft tissue therapy

A targeted soft tissue massage can significantly help relax muscle tension that may be putting pressure on your sciatic nerve.

Exercise therapy

The Paladin Chiropractic team will design an exercise plan that includes low-impact aerobic exercise, stretches, and strengthening exercises to increase flexibility and strengthen muscles in the back. This helps relieve pressure from the sciatic nerve while reducing pain and weakness.

Paladin Chiropractic uses a number of nonsurgical techniques to treat the causes of sciatica. If you want to schedule an appointment with the chiropractic team, call the office or book online today.