At Arlington Chiropractic Clinic, PC
Sciatica is a collection of symptoms associated with an impaired or pinched sciatic nerve. This massive nerve is the main conduit for all the sensory and motor signals that eventually reach the leg and foot; it is anchored to the spinal cord through several major nerve roots. When anything interferes with this nerve's ability to conduct signals, you may experience recurring bouts of sciatica. Fortunately, Arlington Chiropractic Clinic, PC can provide you with natural sciatica treatment.
Causes and Symptoms of Sciatic Nerve Pain
A variety of factors can lead to recurring bouts of sciatica -- including age (notably between the ages of 25 and 40). Longstanding weakness in the muscle groups that support the spinal column can allow alignment issues to get progressively worse. Sciatica can also be acute in nature if you experience a sudden spinal misalignment from a car accident injury or workplace injury. A herniated or bulging disc can press against the sciatic nerve roots, or surrounding tissue. The piriformis muscle can go into spasm and squeeze the nerve itself.
The most notorious sciatica symptoms are aching or sharp pain down the back of the leg, as well as tingling or numbness in the leg or foot. Sometimes the leg will feel tight similar to the way a pulled hamstring muscle may feel. The affected extremity may also lose some of its strength and balancing abilities due to the interference with motor signals. Lower back pain or buttock pain may accompany your leg symptoms.
Non-Surgical Sciatica Treatment in and Around Arlington Heights, Kildeer and Palatine
Our clinic helps sciatic sufferers throughout Arlington Heights, Kildeer, Palatine, and the surrounding areas. Your Arlington Heights chiropractor on our three-practitioner team can evaluate your spine and symptoms to determine whether you're actually experiencing sciatic nerve pain or another neuromuscular disorder. We can then prescribe a variety of non-surgical sciatica treatment options, including:
- Chiropractic adjustment - Your Arlington Heights chiropractor can correct a spinal misalignment that is restricting normal motion within the vertebrae and causing impingement and irritation of the sciatic nerve. Correcting your alignment may also relieve chronic muscle strain or weakness that aggravates your problem and makes you more vulnerable to recurrences.
- Massage therapy - Massage therapy can relax muscle groups to relieve tightness and pain. This not only soothes muscles that may have suffered chronic strain due to the same imbalance that caused your sciatica; it can also relieve piriformis syndrome by stopping the muscle spasms that pinch the sciatic nerve.
- Acupuncture - Acupuncture can relieve severe sciatic nerve pain caused by inflammation. It causes the body to release endorphins, easing discomfort, while also improving overall nerve function.
- Orthotics - If your sciatica stems from an unbalanced stance or gait, orthotics from your Arlington Heights chiropractor can help. These specialized foot supports can restore proper symmetry to your posture.
Schedule Sciatica Pain Relief in Arlington Heights
Free yourself from leg pain, lower back pain and other debilitating sciatica symptoms. Call 847-259-4493 for sciatica pain relief in Arlington Heights!