The sciatic nerve is the longest in your body, running from the hip all the way down your leg. Sciatica merely describes that this nerve is irritated or inflamed, not what’s causing it.
Unfortunately, sciatica is a very common form of leg and lower back pain experienced by millions of Americans. In fact, it’s so common that people think they can accurately diagnose and treat sciatic pain with just the help of the internet. However, sciatica isn’t an actual medical condition. Instead, it’s a symptom that can be tied to a number of different conditions. Here, it’s crucial to realize that treating a symptom does very little to treat the cause of that symptom.
Resolving the underlying medical issue associated with your sciatica is critical to your health. An accurate diagnosis and treatment can only be provided by a medical professional. This is why it’s so important to step away from the internet as a diagnosis tool and instead, consult with the chiropractic experts at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA.
Our team of qualified spinal professionals can perform a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) assessment to qualify your sciatica and the root problem(s) causing it, including:
- Degenerative disc disease: When discs in the lower back are weakened, excess spinal motion can cause a variety of health problems. This is may be the root cause of sciatica, as the nerve endings become irritated or damaged. Resetting the vertebrae through chiropractic care can help and prevent a rapid slide into more painful conditions that will worsen your sciatica, including a herniated or ruptured disc.
- Lumbar disc herniation: This condition refers to the core of a spinal disc breaking down, putting pressure on vital nerve roots and weakening them. This condition may also be referred to as a bulging disc or protruding disc. The restorative power of spinal manipulation may reverse some of the effects of this condition, alleviating the pressure put on spinal discs and, in turn, the sciatic nerve.
- Poor posture: Through consistently poor posture – like sitting all day at work or slouching on the couch – excess pressure may be placed on the lumbar spine. This can lead to vertebral misalignments that affect nervous system regulation. Often, these misalignments occur in the area of highest stress: the lumbar spine. Here, the chief nerve in question is the sciatic nerve. Your chiropractor will discuss how to improve your posture and provide simple exercises to encourage long-term healing.
- Lumbar subluxation: Any time a vertebral disc is misaligned, it can wreak havoc on your body, including causing severe sciatic pain. At the core of chiropractic care is the restoration of the spine to its full working order through spinal manipulation and complementary treatments. This includes a focus on restoring full nerve health and function.
The internet may be able to tell you exactly what sciatic pain feels like or even how to cope with it. But what your computer can’t tell you is what’s causing it and how to deal specifically with that problem.
For answers, you’ll need to turn to a seasoned chiropractic professional at Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA. Through extensive consultation, palpitation, and imaging, we’ll get you on a CBP schedule that addresses your sciatic pain and the root cause of it. Contact us today to set up a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.