When doing leg pain, numb buttocks, tingling toes or difficulty walking signal a back problem? The answer lies in a distressing set of symptoms called sciatica. An impinged or damaged sciatic nerve can cause a wide range of complaints in addition to pain in the lower lumbar or sacral regions of the spine. To make matters worse, sciatica tends to keep coming back until you locate and treat its underlying cause. Fortunately, our chiropractor in Houston at Westchase Wellness Chiropractic Center can do just that, using non-surgical techniques to free you from sciatica’s many symptoms.
Apart from the spinal cord itself, it’s hard to imagine a more all-encompassing length of nerve tissue than the sciatic nerve. It’s the largest nerve in the body, extending from several major nerve roots in the lower part of the spinal column, and it branches out into every nerve in the buttock, leg, and foot, providing motor and sensory data for the entire extremity. It’s no wonder, then, that a whole series of problems occur when this nerve stops working properly.
A spinal subluxation (misalignment) can easily produce sciatica. An unbalanced spine is prone to herniated discs that can push against the sciatic nerve roots, cutting off the normal flow of information and causing the nerve to generate pain and other odd sensations instead.
Spondylolisthesis (slipped vertebrae) can also cause this pressure. Any part of the neural network served by the sciatic nerve can experience these sensations, which may include sharp, shooting pains alternating with loss of sensations, “pins and needles” feelings, and imperfect muscle control that can cause balance problems. The good news is that sciatica often goes away on its own. The bad news is that it can recur time and time again, and can even grow progressively more severe as the alignment-related problem worsens.
If you’re ready for lasting relief from this debilitating agony, bring your sciatica to Westchase Wellness Chiropractic Center. Dr. Huang will perform a detailed evaluation of your spinal health and alignment to determine whether your lumbar or sacral nerve roots are being pinched by a nearby structure due to a subluxation. If so, we will perform precise manual adjustments to shift the pressure away from the nerve roots, freeing the sciatic nerve and helping you experience drug-free pain relief.
Depending on the event that triggered your sciatica, we may recommend other therapeutic techniques as well. If you experienced sciatica following an auto accident, for instance, you may also need massage therapy to help strained muscles feel better and heal faster. If your sciatica stemmed from years of improper posture, we may recommend corrective exercises to help you stand taller and give your spine stronger support. We will be happy to come up with a customized treatment and preventative wellness plan to help you keep sciatica at bay for life — so contact Westchase Wellness Chiropractic Center today!