Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back down each leg, and when there’s pressure on this nerve, you feel pain. If you suffer from sciatica — pain and symptoms associated with sciatic nerve conditions — Ross Ali, DC, of Aloha Health Center in San Jose, California, can help you get natural, long-term relief. Using specific chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Ali diagnoses and treats the underlying cause of your sciatica. If sciatica or neuropathy sciatica — a nerve disorder — is affecting the quality of your life, call to schedule an exam or book online.
Sciatica Q & A
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a term used to describe the set of painful symptoms that occur from a problem with your sciatic nerve. Typically, sciatica occurs on just one side of your body at a time and depending on the cause of your sciatica, you may feel pain anywhere from your lower back all the way down your leg and into your foot. Sciatica is usually the result of undue pressure on the sciatic nerve, but sometimes it’s the result of a nerve disorder itself or neuropathy sciatica.
What causes sciatica?
The most common causes of sciatica include:
- A herniated (ruptured) disc
- Spinal stenosis: a narrowing of the spinal canal
- An injury
- Piriformis syndrome: muscle spasms in the buttocks
- Spondylolisthesis: a slippage of vertebrae in the spine
Each of these conditions puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing you to experience intense pain or moderate discomfort, depending on the severity of your condition. Dr. Ali first diagnoses the underlying cause of your sciatic nerve pain so he can provide the most effective treatment solutions.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Sciatica symptoms may come and go or you may feel pain all the time. Symptoms range from a bad leg cramp to sharp, electric shocklike pains. Some people find that sciatica pain worsens when they sit down, and for others, it’s worse after they’ve walked a long way.
Other symptoms include:
- Feeling of “pins and needles” in your leg
- Weakness in one leg
- Tingling or burning sensation
- Pain in your hip
- Foot pain
- Pain behind your knee
- Pain in your buttock
- Pain that lasts for days or weeks
Sometimes sciatica symptoms appear suddenly and are severe, while other times you may feel a dull ache that doesn’t go away.
How does a chiropractor treat sciatica?
When you come to Aloha Health Center with sciatica symptoms, Dr. Ali creates a customized treatment plan based on the underlying cause of your pain. Treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and addressing the herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or other contributing factors. Dr. Ali employs specific chiropractic adjustments and manual tractions that relieve sciatic nerve pain.
Using a set of diversified techniques customized to your needs, Dr. Ali may also recommend exercises that relieve muscle tension and increase mobility.
Don’t just mask your symptoms with pain medication. Let Dr. Ali help you find a natural, long-term solution to sciatica. Schedule a consultation online or call the office today.