Sciatica is the name for pain and numbness in the lower back and legs due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is not a medical condition in itself but occurs when another condition affects the lower spine and compresses the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve become irritated or inflamed because of a variety of injuries and conditions including strained back muscles, degenerating intervertebral discs, or damage to the ligaments, bones or joints. Sciatica is also caused by the piriformis muscle in the buttocks placing pressure on the sciatic nerve traveling down the back of the leg. Sciatica can cause pain in the lower back and/or radiant pain in one or both legs.
If the pain associated with sciatica is stopping you from participating in normal day to day activities, you should make an appointment with Dr. Rozenberg at the Chiropractic Wellness Center. Dr. Rozenberg and her colleagues operate their practice on the philosophy that it is abnormal and unacceptable to live with pain or discomfort in the body. You should make appointments at your earliest convenience if your sciatica is associated with any of the following conditions or symptoms:
If you have back pain in addition to the above symptoms, and/or your back pain sticks around for longer than a few days, you should schedule an appointment right away.
Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. Chiropractic adjustments put the spine back into correct alignment which will release the nerve. Before any treatment is provided, Dr. Rozenberg will perform a review of your symptoms, ask questions about your medical history, and conduct a physical examination to determine the cause of your lower back pain. Depending on the cause of your sciatica, she will prescribe a personalized treatment plan that may include spinal adjustments to reduce discomfort and improve range of motion in the back and surrounding structures. Dr. Rozenberg also prescribes specialized exercise plans for her patients with sciatica to minimize future flare-ups and improve strength and mobility.