Sciatica is the outward symptom of an underlying spinal condition, like a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease, that compresses the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, and when it’s being irritated, you feel a pain that runs from the lower back, down one side of the buttocks, and through your leg to your foot.
You have two sciatic nerves, one on each side of your body, but sciatica typically affects just one side at a time. You feel pain and discomfort when the aggravated nerve causes tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation anywhere from your lower back to your toes. If left untreated, sciatica can become chronic and debilitating.
Any of the following symptoms may be an indication of sciatica:
Sciatica symptoms may feel like a constant dull ache, or a sudden shock when you move a certain way.
As a chiropractor, Dr. Clayman specializes in diagnosing and treating various spinal conditions so you can get long-lasting natural pain relief. He performs a comprehensive exam and talks to you about your symptoms so he can evaluate the severity of your sciatica pain and determine the underlying cause. Once he understands what triggers your pain, he creates an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Sciatica symptoms rarely go away on their own, so it is essential to see a health care professional who can determine exactly where and why your sciatic nerve is causing you chronic pain. The treatment of sciatica pain depends on the cause, so Dr. Clayman needs to determine if you have a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or another spinal condition.
Depending on your unique situation, he recommends nonsurgical, noninvasive therapies that may include:
When left untreated, sciatica pain worsens over time, so don’t wait until it becomes debilitating. Call Roxbury Spine and Wellness Clinic or use online booking to schedule a consultation today
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