If you've been suffering from acute or chronic back pain accompanied by sharp, shooting pain, numbness, or tingling, these can all be attributed to sciatica. Sciatica is a condition that can impact anyone at any age, and it can be difficult to deal with and heal without help from a chiropractor. At Westside Chiropractic in Rapid City, we want to help our clients feel pain relief from their sciatica and other musculoskeletal issues. We can help provide a wide range of natural treatment options that can help alleviate symptoms permanently!
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a painful condition caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back to the outer part of each leg. This nerve can become compressed for several reasons, such as accidents at work, twisting the wrong way, or due to degenerative disc disorders. When the sciatic nerve is pinched, this can lead to painful symptoms including lower back pain, shooting pain that runs down the outer part of the legs, numbness and tingling in the lower extremities, and pain that is sudden in onset.
How Does a Chiropractor Help With Sciatica?
A chiropractor will be able to determine if your symptoms are due to sciatica or another condition. Conditions such as bulging discs, herniated discs, and generalized lower back pain can also be similar to sciatica. Only a trained chiropractor can determine whether your pain is due to a compressed sciatic nerve. They will determine this by conducting physical exams, possible imaging tests such as x-rays, and asking questions about your symptoms.
If your chiropractor determines your symptoms are due to sciatica, they can then provide the best treatments such as:
- Massage to alleviate inflammation surrounding the sciatic nerve
- Spinal decompression to gently stretch the vertebrae, alleviating compressed nerves surrounding the vertebrae
- Spinal adjustments to realign the spine and prevent sciatica symptoms from returning
Your chiropractor will also conduct follow-up care and exams to determine if your sciatica is healing and to prevent it from coming back.
Find Treatment for Sciatica At Westside Chiropractic
At Westside Chiropractic, we have provided Rapid City residents with chiropractic care for many years. Call us today at (605) 342-4333 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.