Treating Sciatica Pain in Boise, ID
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is located in your lower back and splits to extend all the way down both legs to your feet. This nerve consists of five nerve roots that originate from the lumbar spine that group together to form the largest single nerve in your body.
When the sciatic nerve is impinged or inflamed, it can cause numbness, tingling or weakness in one leg. Sciatica pain may also be an excruciating severe or sharp pain. Sciatica has also been described as burning, searing, shooting or radiating that may be felt as a localized or traveling pain in your lower back, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, feet, and toes – or in all of these places at once. Although your pain may be felt in any or all of these locations, most sciatica pain originates in the lower back or pelvic region – where the nerve has been compressed at its place of origin.
Patients suffering with sciatica pain may have difficulty walking, sitting, standing, or lying down. Sciatica pain may be constant or sporadic and can range from irritating to debilitating.
Sciatica pain, or compression of the lumbar nerve roots, can arise for a number of reasons. Here are a few:
- Disc degeneration
- Herniated disc
- Pinched nerve
- Anatomical leg length inequality
- Ribcage shifting to one side
- Lack of curvature in the spine
- Too much curvature in the spine
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint issues
- Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
- Spinal tumor
- Scar tissue
- Muscle strain
Sciatica Risk Factors
Studies have shown that those who are overweight or obese or those who smoke may have a greater risk factor in developing issues with sciatica pain.
The good news is that sciatica pain can usually be treated without surgery, and permanent damage rarely occurs as a result of a sciatica condition.
The Optimal Spine & Posture Approach to Sciatica Treatment
Other doctors may take a shotgun approach or have a single treatment regimen for any sciatica case. While this approach may work for some people, it does not work for everyone. Recovery comes from treating the actual medical cause of the sciatica pain, rather than just treating – or covering up – the symptoms.
A therapy protocol that is appropriate for the cause of your sciatica pain is formulated. At Optimal Spine & Posture, we provide sciatica treatment based on the source, or origination, of the pain – not just the pain, itself. We are returning more patients to better health and pain-free living with long-term relief through comprehensive treatment provided to every patient.
Nonsurgical Sciatica Treatment
At Optimal Spine & Posture, we’re using patient-specific sciatica treatment and therapies to help heal your pain. That means that we don’t use a one-size-fits-all approach. Treatment that is based on where you feel sciatica pain and where your sciatica condition originates will create better patient results. And you’ll get back to feeling better and living a pain-free life a whole lot sooner.
Your nonsurgical sciatica treatment at Optimal Spine & Posture may include the following therapies:
- Spinal decompression
Exercises for Sciatica Pain
Simple exercises or low-impact aerobic activity can be incorporated into your sciatica treatment to increase your core strength and supporting muscles. These exercises will typically focus on the lower back, abs and hips. Aerobic exercises can include walking, swimming, Pilates, tai chi or yoga. These exercises will help better support your spine and low back.
Chiropractic Adjustments for Sciatica Pain
Optimal Spine & Posture’s highly trained health professionals can perform spinal adjustments to help relieve your sciatic pain. Our goal is to provide a more proper spinal column alignment, and this starts with proper adjustments along with prescribed exercises and traction. This can help address several underlying conditions that can result in your sciatic nerve pain.
Adjustments are usually very comfortable. Some patients experience immediate pain relief after a manual adjustment. These spinal adjustments will aid in creating a better healing environment within your body, and they may even help alleviate other health symptoms
Call Optimal Spine & Posture today and find out how we can heal your sciatica pain.