Sciatica is a common condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the back and into the legs, becomes compressed or irritated.
Sciatica may occur for many different reasons. In many cases, the cause of sciatica is a slipped or ruptured disc in the back. This occurs when the soft center of an intervertebral disc protrudes, which puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica may also occur because of bone spurs, problems with spinal alignment, and inflammation in the low back. In some cases, patients may experience sciatica because of a combination of different factors.
Patients with sciatica often experience pain that radiates down the leg. Patients with this condition may also notice tingling or numbness in the leg, as well as weakness. In most cases, sciatica affects only 1 side of the body at a time. Some patients with sciatica experience constant pain, while others may have periods of relief from pain.
The experienced chiropractors at Circle City Chiropractic offer a variety of treatment options to patients with sciatica. Treatment programs are always customized to meet the needs of the individual patient. However, many treatment programs include the DRS Protocol™, which is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment protocol that can alleviate the symptoms of sciatica. The purpose of this protocol is to relieve the pressure on the spine and the nerves, while also increasing the stability of the back.
In addition to the DRS protocol, the doctors at Circle City Chiropractic may also recommend other therapies designed to alleviate pain and inflammation, such as massage therapy.
The goal of sciatica treatment isn’t only to relieve the patient’s pain, but also to improve the stability of the patient’s spine. Many patients notice some relief from pain after their very first session. However, most patients need multiple sessions before they reach their full potential. The doctors at Circle City Chiropractic can give patients more information about what they should expect from treatment.