Extending from the spine into the pelvis and buttocks, the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. Its primary function is to ensure the body can stand, run, and walk freely without impairment. The sciatic nerve splits into two nerves at the base of the buttocks so that each leg is enervated by a separate branch of the sciatic nerve.
When nerve roots leading to the sciatic nerve experience pressure (compression) from a back or spine condition, you may feel pain and discomfort on one side of the body. Symptoms will affect one leg only, and not both legs. Nerve compression pain in both legs is not sciatica.
The severity of sciatica varies. Some people have mild to moderate pain while others are debilitated by intense, shooting pains that make it nearly impossible to walk, sit, or stand. While over-the-counter medication may provide temporary pain relief, OTC analgesics do not address the underlying cause of sciatica--irritation of nerve roots.
Dr. Driver is a leading chiropractor in Columbus providing drug-free, surgery-free treatment for sciatica using evidence-based chiropractic techniques. If you are suffering from the following symptoms, contact Driver Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment:
Diagnosing sciatica involves Dr. Driver evaluating your symptoms and, in some cases, ordering a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan for further information. Examining the transmission of electrical impulses through the sciatic and spinal nerves is another method used to accurately diagnose sciatica.
Spinal disc herniation - spinal disc herniation is the swelling of intervertebral discs that bulge and press against spinal nerves and/or the sciatic nerve.
Lumbar spinal stenosis - narrowing of the spinal canal due to bone spurs, a herniated disc, or aging can compress the spinal cord and sciatic nerve roots, resulting in the development of sciatica leg pain.
Spondylolisthesis - if one or more of the vertebrae slips forward too far and compresses sciatica nerve roots or the nerve itself, you may experience lower back pain, buttock, and leg pain, and leg weakness.
Diabetes - uncontrolled diabetes may interfere with blood flow to the sciatic nerve and lower back nerves
Other reasons you may need treatment in Columbus include sitting for prolonged periods in positions that put pressure on the sciatic nerve, having a mild back deformity that compresses lower back nerves, or growth of bone spurs associated with osteoarthritis.
Once Dr. Driver discovers the exact cause of your sciatica, he will create a personalized plan for sciatic treatment that fully addresses your unique pain problems.
Chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression are first-line treatments for sciatica that realign vertebrae, restore the proper position of intervertebral discs, and remove the pressure on the sciatic nerves. Healing of irritated nerves begins soon after Dr. Driver performs an adjustment. You will also experience a rapid easing of pain, numbness, and weakness after undergoing chiropractic treatment.
In rare cases of severe sciatica attributed to late-stage spinal stenosis, a minimally invasive procedure called a laminectomy may be required in addition to continuing chiropractic treatments for optimal pain relief.
Chiropractic care for sciatica is a person-centered, drug and surgery-free approach to musculoskeletal disorders involving nerve compression and irritation. The principles of chiropractic medicine center on restoring the nervous system to optimal function. Since many pain conditions can be traced back to inflammation of nerves, branches of nerves, and nerve roots, relying on a sciatica chiropractor like Dr. Driver can naturally improve your overall quality of life and help you avoid drugs and surgery.
Dr. Driver is a board-certified chiropractor and physiotherapist and a member of Securecare of Nebraska and the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association (NCPA). He and his staff at Driver Chiropractic are committed to ensuring all patients receive correct diagnoses and personalized treatment plans that provide rapid relief from musculoskeletal pain and stiffness. Dr. Driver offers additional services such as pediatric chiropractic care, prenatal chiropractic care, and rehabilitation for auto accidents and sports injuries.