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Sciatica can make you feel as if a major portion of your body is rebelling against you. This impingement of the sciatic nerve roots can disrupt nerve signals in ways that leave you suffering from constant or recurring leg, foot, and lower back symptoms. If you're worried that you must either learn to live with this debilitating condition to risk major spinal surgery, we've got good news for you here at Dunwoody Chiropractic Center. Our chiropractor, Dr. Patel, can administer safe, effective, non-invasive treatments to help you escape sciatica's clutches.
Sciatica is a term used to describe a set of symptoms related to impingement or inflammation of the sciatic nerve roots. These nerve roots connect the spinal cord to the largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve, which relays all the nerve signals from the brain to the many smaller nerves of the leg and foot. When these nerve roots are pinched, their signaling ability is cut off, interfering with communications to and from the extremity. As a result, you may experience leg of foot pain (which may be at its worst when you're sitting still or lying down) as well as tingling, numb spots or weakness in the leg or foot. Some sciatica sufferers also experience low back pain.
What's putting the pinch on your sciatic nerve roots? In many cases, the problem stems from age-related physical changes, which explains why sciatica seems especially prevalent between the ages of 30 and 50. Habitual poor posture or lack of activity may promote weak back muscles, which in turn encourages spinal structures to pinch the sciatic nerve roots. Since these nerve roots extend through small spaces between vertebrae, even a minor spinal misalignment can put pressure on them. Spinal stenosis (bony thickening that reduces the spinal canal) and a vertebral shifting called spondylolisthesis are other chronic causes. Violent injuries to the spine can cause herniated discs that push their way onto the sciatic nerve roots to create acute sciatica.
Sciatica is especially frustrating in its tendency to pretend it has disappeared, only to recur time and time again. Our chiropractor in Dunwoody can help end that vicious cycle by identifying and treating its underlying cause. Once we have found the exact point of impingement, we can prescribe non-surgical sciatica treatment options to correct it. A chiropractic adjustment to the lumbar spine is highly effective at normalizing your spinal alignment, thus removing pressure from the sensitive nerve tissues. We may also recommend orthotics to correct a chronic misalignment that promotes sciatica, as well as spinal decompression to draw herniated discs away from sciatic nerve roots.
Sciatica doesn't have to make you miserable for decades. Take a big step toward feeling better by calling Dunwoody Chiropractic Center at (770) 551-9767 for personalized sciatica treatment!