Sciatica pain may arise when you're pregnant, damage the sciatic nerve, or when there's pressure on the sciatic nerve. This issue can be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause of the problem. However, no matter the case, Dr. Doug Howell of Dr. Doug Howell Chiropractic & Wellness, serving Frankfort, KY, and the surrounding area, can help.
Sciatica isn't a condition so much as a word that describes symptoms, such as pain, numbness, and tingling, that affect the lower back and possibly through the hips and legs. It usually affects only one side of the body.
Cause of Sciatica Pain
It stems from either damage to or something pressing on the sciatic nerve. During pregnancy, hormone changes in the first trimester and the unborn baby pressing on the sciatic nerve in the last trimester may cause it.
Certain people are more at risk for this condition than others due to the following risk factors:
- Obesity (losing weight helps with blood flow and healing, see Dr. Dougs Weight Loss Results)
- Medical conditions
Diagnosing the Cause of Sciatica
Sometimes, our chiropractor in Frankfort, KY, may order an X-ray or other imaging to get a look at your spine and identify any potential causes. However, in some cases, this may not be necessary. Often, our chiropractor can tell the root cause based on your symptoms, lifestyle, and any history of injuries.
Treating Sciatica With Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care isn't always a cure for sciatica. If it's caused by age-related changes or permanent damage to the sciatic nerve, it might not be reversible. In these cases, our practitioner's main goal is to help reduce and manage your sciatica pain and other symptoms.
One treatment may be recurring chiropractic adjustments. The number you'll need depends on your unique situation. For this treatment, our practitioner will ask you to lie down on a table face down. Dr. Howell will then use his hands to apply a gentle force to the spine. It can help to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve by pushing dislocated tissues back into place. It may also enhance circulation throughout the area.
Chiropractic exercises may help optimize blood flow to the region to promote healing. This can also reduce sciatic pain.
Other possible treatments may include chiropractic massage or lifestyle advice. Our chiropractor might also recommend cold laser therapy or another similar treatment to further your pain relief, based on the cause of the sciatica pain and the severity of it.
Dr. Howell of Dr. Doug Howell Chiropractic & Wellness in Frankfort, KY, offers a myriad of treatments for sciatic pain. In some cases, you may receive more than one treatment to optimize results.
Contact us today for an appointment by calling 502-330-2808.