Sciatica


Sciatica

Chiropractor in Dunedin, Largo, Riverview and St. Petersburg, FL

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Sciatica services offered in Dunedin, Largo, Riverview and St. Petersburg, FL

Pinching a nerve in your lower back could lead to sciatica, which is radiating pain and tingling down the buttock and back of one of your legs. Stephen Steller, DC, and the chiropractic specialists at Spinal Correction Centers in Dunedin, Largo, Riverview, and St. Petersburg, Florida, provide several types of chiropractic care and massage therapy for sciatica relief. To schedule a consultation, call Spinal Correction Centers or book online today.


Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is the compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body. It branches out from the lower back, and one sciatic nerve travels down each leg. When this nerve is compressed, symptoms tend to radiate through the buttock and down the back of the leg. 

 

At their most severe, the symptoms can be debilitating. Your sciatica might involve:

 

  • Pain
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Pins-and-needles

 

These symptoms can be similar to those of other medical conditions, so it’s important to visit Spinal Correction Centers for a detailed evaluation of your nerve compression. Your chiropractor treats sciatica at its source. 

What causes sciatica?

A number of structural spinal problems and other medical issues can lead to compression of the sciatic nerve root. One of the most common causes of sciatica is a herniated disc, which happens when one of the cushioning discs between vertebrae becomes injured or damaged causing a bulging into the spinal cord or nerve root. 

 

Other possible causes and contributing factors are:

 

  • Auto accidents
  • High speed, high force impacts
  • Tumors
  • Poor posture
  • Excess body weight
  • Abscesses
  • Nerve disorders

 

Sometimes, an underlying cause of sciatica isn’t identifiable. Still, your chiropractor at Spinal Correction Centers can work to relieve the pressure. 

How can I manage my sciatica?

Chiropractic care is an excellent option for sciatica relief. Chiropractic adjustments are the number 1 most effective and cost-effective treatment for sciatica. Spinal Correction Centers uses several strategies to realign the spine and reduce sciatica pain. 

 

You can expect one or more of these chiropractic techniques in your sciatica treatment plan:

Structural correction

After evaluating your spine and any complications existing in it, your chiropractor at Spinal Correction Centers helps you correct your posture and align your spine. They also support you in maintaining your correction. 

Massage therapy

Massage therapy involves the manual manipulation of your muscles and soft tissues. One of many massage therapy purposes is to relieve pain in the soft tissues, specifically around the spine. Massage therapy also improves circulation for more efficient healing.

Nonsurgical disc decompression

Nonsurgical disc decompression is an excellent choice for treatment if your sciatica comes from a herniated disc. 

 

This strategy stretches your spine to reduce the pressure inside a spinal disc, causing it to go back into place and retain moisture and nutrients. The procedure also removes pressure from the sciatic nerve. 

 

For more information on sciatica and how chiropractors treat it, call Spinal Correction Centers or book an appointment online today.