Our Frederick, MD Chiropractor Discusses Sciatica
If you are experiencing sharp pain when sitting, standing, or walking that travels down your leg or buttocks, you may be experiencing symptoms from sciatica. Learn more about what sciatica is and how to treat it by reading below.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is often a result of lower back issues. Pain from sciatica can range from periodically to continuous and is based on where the pinched nerve is located. Typically it only affects one side of the lower body and can travel from the lower back, down the leg, and possibly to the foot. Thankfully, it is uncommon that a person experiencing symptoms of sciatica will have permanent nerve damage.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is a symptom of common lower back issues such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, lumbar herniated disc, symptoms from pregnancy and more. If you are experiencing any of these issues it is important to get proper medical help. In the meantime, do your best to avoid these common triggers that can accelerate your back pain:
- Not exercising regularly
- Sleeping on a very soft mattress
- Being overweight
- Wearing high heels
How Can I Stop Sciatica?
For best pain relief, it is recommended that you seek Chiropractic help for your sciatica and lower back issues. Common things that you can do at home to help prevent the acceleration of pain include the following:
- Heat and ice your back
- Stretch on a flat surface
- Try laying on a firm surface with a pillow under your knees
- Eat healthier foods
How Can My Chiropractor Help Me Cure Sciatica Symptoms?
Chiropractors have extensive training and experience with spinal adjustments. With chiropractic care, your spine can be restored back to proper positioning, free from any restricted movements. Your chiropractor will review the extent of your situation and then decide on the best treatment plan. This can include treatment with TENS units, spinal adjustments, or more. Dr. Lipinski has successfully treated numerous sciatica patients in the Frederick, MD area for over 15 years. Read our patient reviews here, and contact us today to learn more!