Sciatica

Absolute Healthcare Advanced Chiropractic

Chiropractors located in St. Lucie County, Port St. Lucie, FL

You don’t have to live with sciatica pain. The expert doctors at Absolute Healthcare Advanced Chiropractic in Port St. Lucie, Florida, offer natural solutions to relieve all of your sciatica symptoms including tingling, numbness, and weakness. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn how chiropractic care can alleviate your sciatica without the need for strong medication.

Sciatica Q & A

Absolute Healthcare Advanced Chiropractic

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve connects your spinal cord to the leg and foot muscles. Starting on each side of your lower spine, it runs deep inside the buttocks, through your thigh, and down to your foot. It’s the largest single nerve in your body.  

When your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, it can cause pain, tingling, and numbness. This form of pain is easy to identify because it branches out from your lower back through your hips, buttocks, and down your legs along the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica pain can be mild or severe, and be:

  • Sharp
  • Burning
  • Electrical shocks or jolts

Your symptoms usually affect one side of your body and may intensify from coughing, sneezing, or prolonged sitting.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is often caused by a herniated disk in your spine or bone spurs on your vertebrae which cause the sciatic nerve to become pinched.

Risk factors for developing sciatica include:

  • Obesity
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Diabetes

How do you prevent sciatica?

Protecting your back can play a crucial role in reducing your risk of developing sciatica. The following lifestyle practices are a great place to start:

  • Regular exercise: strengthen abdominal and back muscles
  • Good posture while sitting: level hips and knees using armrests and lumbar support
  • Body mechanic awareness: always lift with your legs, avoid twisting and lifting simultaneously, and use foot rests during prolonged sitting

How is sciatica treated?

Sciatica is very responsive to noninvasive chiropractic treatments. Without treatment, sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage.

Your doctor at Absolute Healthcare Advanced Chiropractic is trained to identify sciatica pain that may be the result of herniated discs, bone spurs, or other spinal issues. 

Once the cause of your sciatica is diagnosed, your doctor may recommend:

  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Spinal decompression
  • Board-certified acupuncture
  • Physical rehabilitation

In addition to physical chiropractic care, your doctor may recommend nutritional and lifestyle changes to manage your sciatic nerve care long-term.

Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about how Absolute Healthcare Advanced Chiropractic can effectively treat your sciatica.