How Chiropractic Treatment Can Help With Sciatica
Are you considering chiropractic care for debilitating sciatica in Los Alamitos, CA? Our chiropractor, Steven B. Wasserman, R. N., D. C., can help. We use state-of-the-art methods to diagnose and treat lower back pain and other symptoms linked to a pinched sciatic nerve. All treatment techniques and therapies are performed without using drugs, surgery, or other invasive approaches. You can also benefit from functional wellness care to improve immune health and restore balance.
Sciatica and Its Causes
Sciatica means pain resulting from an inflamed, irritated, or compressed sciatic nerve. There are two of these nerves, each running from the lower back through the buttocks, into the thighs, and down to the feet. The nerve on one side of the body is normally affected, causing symptoms on either side of the lower body. The nerve can get pinched due to a bulging or herniated disc, spinal arthritis, or:
- Lumbar spinal stenosis, which is a narrowed spinal canal
- Spondylolisthesis, a slipping of the backbone
- Pressure on the lower back from obesity or pregnancy
- Lifestyle habits such as lack of exercise, bad posture, or poor back support
- Degenerative disc disease, an break down of the intervertebral disc
Symptoms of Sciatica
Some patients complain of sharp shooting or burning lower back pain that makes them unable to walk or sit without discomfort. Pain may move to the buttock, back of the leg, feet, or toes. You may also experience numbness or tingling in these areas. Loss of foot sensation is also common.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica by a Los Alamitos Chiropractor
Dr. Steven Wasserman will carefully evaluate you first before setting up a customized wellness plan. The evaluation typically includes a physical exam, neurological test, or to confirm sciatic nerve issues. Here are some integrative wellness approaches you can benefit from:
- Spinal Realignment: Dr. Wasserman may use the Diversified, Gonstead, Palmer, or Activator methods to safely and gently realign the spinal joints. Restoring the spine takes pressure off a slipped disc and moves it away from the nerve. It relieves pain, inflammation, numbness, and tingling, stimulates natural healing, and improves nervous system function.
- Physiotherapy: Involves therapies such as ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, therapeutic stretches, and corrective exercises. These are all-natural non-invasive ways to further heal and strengthen the body.
- Preventative Care: Patients can continue to receive routine adjustments to maintain good posture and prevent nerve compression. We can also explain how nutrition and lifestyle changes can boost your overall health.
OTHER CONDITIONS TREATED WITH CHIROPRACTIC
Excessive pressure placed on the median nerve of the wrist. It may cause loss of feeling, immobility, numbness or tingling.
Degenerative Disc Disease
A sanctioned medical term used to describe the normal changes that occurs in spinal discs as the body ages.
Degenerative Joint Disease
Commonly known as Osteoarthritis, this is when wear and tear of joints becomes more prevalent the body as it ages.
Other associated disorders causing general unease and constant pain.
Also referred to as Tennis Elbow, is a pain on the outside of the upper arm, near the elbow.
Pain in the head, normally classified as a migraine, cluster headache or tension headache.
Normal wearing and age of the body’s joints, often causing mild to severe pain.
A neuromuscular disorder occurring when a muscle in the buttocks compresses the sciatic nerve.
A set of conditions affecting one or more nerves preventing them from working properly.
An autoimmune disease resulting in long-term inflammation of joints and surrounding tissue.
Vertebra slippage resulting in severe pain.
Neck pain or discomfort that is caused by a sudden distortion of the neck.
Chiropractic Care for The Entire Family
Take advantage of an opportunity to live active and pain-free with holistic wellness care at Steven B. Wasserman, R. N., D. C. Our chiropractor can help if you live in Los Alamitos, CA, or nearby. Call 562-430-4949 to request an appointment today.