When your sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back to your feet, becomes compressed, you may experience a group of symptoms referred to as sciatica.
Although it can happen on either side, it often impacts just one side of the body. You may experience radiating pain across your buttocks and down your leg; this pain often changes in severity and at times may not hurt at all.
When you have sciatica, you can have a range of symptoms in your leg or glutes, including:
A variety of issues can cause sciatica, but it usually involves a spinal misalignment or bulging disc. In some circumstances, it’s caused by:
Sciatica symptoms may worsen or flare up when you’re pregnant, overweight, or sleeping on a soft mattress.
In some cases, you can reduce sciatica symptoms at home. Dr. Hausman may recommend using cold treatment for the first 2-3 days, then switching to heat. You can also alternate hot and cold treatments.
He may suggest certain stretches that can help reduce compression in your lower back where your sciatic nerve is pinched. Yoga may also be beneficial.
If your pain is minor, use over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, to minimize discomfort.
If at-home remedies aren’t enough to eliminate your sciatica pain, Dr. Hausman can reduce it in a variety of ways. He may administer spinal adjustments to realign your spine, reducing bulging and herniated discs and the pressure they put on your sciatic nerve.
In other circumstances, he may suggest acupuncture or massage therapy to reduce the pain. If inflammation causes the compression, he may use ultrasound therapy or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to alleviate it.
If you have pain that radiates down your legs, there is a solution. Contact Hausman Chiropractic today. Call to schedule your appointment or book it online now.
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