Sciatica is a musculoskeletal condition. Although it is a fairly common disorder, many people do not understand what it involves. Irritation of the sciatic nerve causes sciatica. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. The nerve originates in the lower spine and travels across the hips, into the buttocks, and down the legs to each of the feet. Sciatica might be mild or it can be overwhelming and debilitating. It follows the sciatic nerve along its path and causes sharp or burning pain and weakness in one or both legs. Our chiropractors at Cape Coral Family Chiropractic in Cape Coral, FL, have been effectively treating patients for musculoskeletal conditions like sciatica for more than 25 years.
Common Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain
The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging or herniated spinal disc in the lower spine. Some other less common causes include the following:
- Degenerative disc disease that causes inflamed synovial tissue, bone spurs, or inflammatory proteins.
- Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal.
- Spondylolisthesis from a small stress fracture that causes one vertebra to slide over another vertebra.
- Piriformis syndrome. When the piriformis muscle above the sciatic nerve puts pressure on the nerve.
Chiropractic care and treatment of sciatica does not provide a one-size-fits-all solution. Every patient is different and as such, the recommended treatment plan will be different from person to person. Our chiropractors focus on removing the pressure that impinges the sciatic nerve and restoring the patient's range of motion and flexibility.
A combination of massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments are often very effective when used to treat sciatica. Our massage therapist loosens and relaxes your tight muscles which allows for enhanced blood flow to the area. Once the affected muscles have relaxed and responded to the massage therapy, the patient receives a gentle spinal adjustment from our chiropractor to remove pressure from the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica Treatment in Cape Coral, FL
Both chiropractic care and massage therapy are healing arts. They require significant training, experience, skill, and sound professional judgment. If you or a family member are suffering from sciatica, and you live in or around Cape Coral, contact our team at Cape Coral Family Chiropractic. After taking a medical history and performing a thorough examination, we will identify the cause of your sciatica and treat it effectively, without the risks of surgery or prescription medication. Call us today at (239) 574-8000 to schedule a consultation.