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Sciatica FAQ From our Naperville Chiropractor

If you regularly experience leg pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve and is accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness, you may have sciatica. While sciatica is often referred to as a condition, it is not exactly a medical diagnosis. Instead, it is usually considered a symptom of an underlying condition. If you have sciatica, chiropractors can help you determine the root cause. Our Naperville chiropractor has effectively treated sciatica and would like to answer your questions about this common condition.

man suffering from leg pain

What Causes Sciatica?

As stated above, sciatica is often considered a symptom of an underlying condition. Some of these underlying conditions include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Other causes of sciatica include having a sedentary lifestyle and sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time. In rare instances, sciatica can also be caused by infection and spinal tumors.

Any of these conditions can result in having a compressed spinal nerve root, which causes pain along the longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve. This nerve extends from the lower part of the spinal cord and runs down the back of the thigh.

What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

One of the most common symptoms of sciatica is radiating pain that ranges from a mild ache to severe pain. This pain usually begins in the lower back and can spread to the hips, buttocks, and legs. Other symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Difficult walking
  • Muscle weakness
  • Leg or foot numbness
  • Burning sensation

In rare instances, sciatica can also cause complications including a loss of feeling in the affected area, a loss of bladder function, or progressive neurological symptoms.

How Is Sciatica Treated?

Once a postural screen and thorough examination have been completed, our Naperville chiropractor will be able to treat your sciatica. Treatment will largely depend upon the root cause of sciatica. For example, if your sciatica is primarily the result of living an inactive and unhealthy lifestyle, our chiropractor will help you heal from the inside out through dietary changes, supplements, and a recommended exercise program.

Some other common drug-free treatment options our chiropractor uses to treat sciatica include chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, Electroacupuncture (TENS), nutritional counseling, and corrective exercises. It's important to note that when left untreated, sciatica can cause permanent damage to the nerves.

Contact Our Naperville Chiropractor

If you are looking for an all-natural, nonsurgical way to treat your sciatica, contact our Naperville chiropractor at 630-983-1805 to schedule your initial appointment. Dr. Tim Erickson would love to help you find the root cause of your sciatica and then manage and treat it by using effective holistic therapies.

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