Sciatica Treatment in Frederick, MD
Whether caused by an injury, a pregnancy, or just weakness, sciatic pain can be debilitating. The shooting pain you feel down the back of your leg can make it difficult to walk, keeping you from work and daily activities.
Stop suffering needlessly: There is a non-invasive, effective option to relieve your pain.
At Lipinski Chiropractic, we offer safe treatment for sciatica at our office in Frederick, Maryland. You may even feel relief as soon as your first treatment!
What Is Sciatica?
In most cases, sciatica only involves one side of the body. However, you can experience sciatic pain on both sides of the body, especially in cases of an injury causing the pain.
Causes of Sciatica
Most commonly, sciatica occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or some narrowing of the spring compresses part of the sciatic nerve.
This compression causes inflammation, pain, and numbness in the impacted leg.
Risk Factors for Sciatica
While sciatica can occur in anyone, there are some risk factors that make you more likely to develop the condition without experiencing an injury.
Some of these risk factors include:
- Age: As you age, your spine changes and makes you more susceptible to herniated disks and bone spurs
- Obesity: Extra weight increases stress on your spine, which can contribute to the changes that trigger sciatica
- Occupation: If you have a job that requires you to twist your back, carry heavy loads, or drive a vehicle for long periods of time, you may be more likely to experience sciatic pain
- Prolonged sitting: People who sit for prolonged periods of time or have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to develop sciatica than those who are active
- Diabetes: People with diabetes are more likely to experience nerve damage, including damage of the sciatic nerve
Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatic pain can range from mild to severe, and may even impact your ability to move around quickly.
Some common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Inflammation and stiffness
- Pain, often shooting
Mild sciatica can go away on its own over time. However, you should get immediate medical care if:
- You have sudden, severe pain in your low back or leg and numbness or muscle weakness in your leg
- Your pain follows a violent injury, such as a car accident
- You have trouble controlling your bowels or bladder
Common Sciatica Treatments
While most sciatica resolves itself over time, there are some treatments you can try to decrease the pain.
Some common sciatica treatments include:
Heat & Ice
Cold and hot packs, in rotation, can help reduce the inflammation that leads to pain, giving relief from the pain.
Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can help more mild cases of sciatica.
More severe cases may require prescription medications and even steroid injections.
Stretching exercises, especially those that stretch the lower back, can help relieve pain and even decrease the compression on your nerves.
Avoid jerking, bouncing, or twisting during your stretch, and attempt to hold a stretch for at least 30 seconds to allow the muscles to relax.
Once your pain is at a manageable level, physical therapy can help you prevent future injuries. Physical therapy for sciatica typically includes exercises to correct posture, strengthen the muscles supporting the back, and improve overall flexibility.
For cases where the compressed nerve causes significant weakness, loss of bowel or bladder control, or pain that worsens or doesn’t improve, surgery may be necessary. This procedure usually removes the bone spur or portion of the herniated disk that’s pressing on the pinched nerve, bringing relief.
How Chiropractic Can Help with Sciatica
Because sciatic pain originates with a problem of the spine, either a bone spur or herniated disk, chiropractic care can help correct the issue with the spine that’s compressing the nerve.
A chiropractic adjustment can help correct the issue, decreasing the nerve compression and improving blood flow to the muscles so that inflammation and pain can decrease.
During your first appointment at Lipinski Chiropractic, Dr. Lipinski carefully listens to your symptoms, your medical history, and your lifestyle. He builds an individualized treatment plan to relieve your sciatica and get you feeling better fast.
While you may feel relief after your first adjustment, it may take a few sessions before you notice any real change.