Struggling With Sciatica?
If you are experiencing pain that radiates from the back or buttocks all the way down the legs, you may have a common condition called sciatica. Many people look for a Wausau chiropractor so they don't have to suffer with the pain of sciatica, and many never achieve a long term solution. An untreated sciatic condition can continue to worsen and make the daily tasks of living go from difficult to impossible. This article is aimed at helping you to understand sciatica and explains how chiropractic treatment can help you to overcome it.
Sciatica in Wausau
Sciatica is the term used to describe pain or numbness that originates in the lower back and radiates through the buttocks and possibly down one or both legs. It most commonly occurs when a bone spur, herniated disc, or misalignment causes the opening for the sciatic nerve to narrow, disrupting the communication to and from the nerve. Age, obesity, lifestyle, and having a chronic illness such as diabetes are all risk factors for people with sciatica. While the pain can be severe, many doctors feel that the only course of treatment for persistent sciatic pain is surgery to remove the bone spur or repair the herniated disc.
How Do You Develop Sciatica?
There are a number of factors that can lead to sciatica. It is most commonly caused by disc injuries and bulges. In this occurrence, the disc presses against the nerve root causing the issue. Disc Injuries can occur because of poor posture, repetitive use injuries, and accidents. Sciatica is also common when there are subluxations (misalignments) in the spine due to postural issues, pregnancy, or trauma. Some patients say they simply bent over to pick up a piece of paper and they were hit with extreme pain. The reality is that the spinal condition was probably developing for quite some time before the triggering incident occurred.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
Chiropractors in Wausau are highly trained to zero in on the source of the sciatica and to work with the patient in determining the most suitable approach to treatment. After a thorough assessment of the individual's unique issue, gentle adjustments are made that will allow the body to recover its natural alignment.
Some people respond very quickly while others take more time to recover. It really depends on the condition of the disc or the joints that the chiropractor has to correct. In most cases, the longer the issue persists, the longer it will take to achieve correction. The great news is that it typically takes less time to fix an issue like this than it took to create it. Once the position of the spine and discs are improved, patients often report improvements to their overall health.
Chiropractic care is designed to correct misalignments in the spine that may be causing the narrowing in the area where the sciatic nerve leaves the spinal cord and travels into the buttocks and leg. Not only do Dr. Travis’s low-force techniques allow the body to correct its own alignment, it gives the discs between the vertebrae enough room to return to their rightful place, size, and shape. Over time, chiropractic care using the Torque Release Technique and Koren Specific Technique can relieve not only sciatica but prevent lower back pain from returning.
If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica call our team at Spring Into Life Chiropractic today.
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