Frequently Asked Questions about Sciatica from Our Chiropractors
Sciatica is a prevalent issue that impacts people worldwide every day. At Spine Pain Center, we believe that knowledge is the first step in achieving relief, so we’ve answered the top sciatica questions below. We have several locations to assist those in need, such as Irmo, Columbia, North Charleston, SC, Mount Pleasant, SC, Surfside Beach, SC, Summerville, SC, and North Myrtle Beach, SC.
What is sciatica, and what causes it?
Sciatica is a set of symptoms when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed. An injury that impacts spinal alignment is one of the top causes of this compression. However, it can also be caused by poor lifting techniques, being pregnant or overweight, sitting for long periods, and being on your feet all day. Sometimes, even health conditions like diabetes can cause pinched nerves.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Sciatica symptoms can vary between sufferers, but they typically include lower back pain, burning sensations, shooting pains from the lower back to the foot, muscle weakness or numbness, and tingling in the leg, foot, and buttocks. These symptoms are usually only felt on the side where the nerve is compressed. For example, if the nerve is constricted on the left side, you’ll likely only feel lower back pain and shooting pains along the left side of the body.
How can chiropractic care relieve sciatica?
A chiropractor seeks to uncover the underlying issue and address that. With sciatica, this means relieving pinched nerves and addressing why they became pinched. For example, if weight issues cause your sciatica, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to reduce the pinched nerve and manage your weight naturally. True healing requires a customized approach.
Can I stop treatment if the pain stops?
You’ll feel relief before completing your treatment plan. Chiropractic care is about more than relieving your pain. It’s about addressing the underlying issue that caused pain in the first place. Until that’s done, you’re not fully healed. Therefore, you should only stop treatment when your treatment plan is complete.
Stop Sciatica with Our South Carolina Chiropractors
If you’re tired of sciatica interfering with your life, our team at Spine Pain Center is here to help you achieve relief. You can schedule an appointment at Mt. Pleasant (843) 884-8444, North Charleston (843) 606-2412, Summerville (843) 879-9259, Surfside Beach (843) 238-5900, North Myrtle Beach (843) 280-7000, or Irmo, Columbia (803) 781-4092.