Persistent low back pain and pain or tingling down your leg are common signs of sciatica, a condition caused by a compressed sciatic nerve. While sciatica can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, Jeffrey White, DC, uses gentle and effective techniques to treat sciatica at Magnolia Medical Clinic in Beaumont, Texas. Set up a consultation by calling the office or booking an appointment online now.
The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back, through each side of your buttocks, and down the backs of your legs. When anything irritates or compresses these nerves, it can cause a variety of symptoms in your lower back and radiate down the back of your leg. In most cases, sciatica only affects one side of your body.
Chronic low back pain is the most common symptom of sciatica. Some of the telltale signs of this painful condition include numbness and tingling down the back of your leg. Sciatica pain can range from a burning sensation or a dull ache to sharp, shock-like pain.
Prolonged sitting typically leads to sciatica flare-ups, though the jerking movement of coughing and sneezing can also aggravate your symptoms.
Irritation of the sciatic nerve causes sciatica, but there are many factors that can raise your risk of developing this condition, such as a herniated disc, being overweight, having surgery, or prolonged sitting.
A herniated disc occurs when the soft center of one of your spinal discs pushes through a small hole or crack in the hard casing. If you experience a herniated disc near your sciatic nerve, it can put pressure on the nerve and compress or irritate it.
Carrying extra weight, particularly around the abdomen, puts a strain on your lower back. This extra weight on your spine can trigger sciatica.
Pain after surgery can stem from scar tissue left behind by a previous surgical procedure. Without treatment, this can lead to sciatica flare-ups.
Sitting too much puts pressure on your spine, which can irritate the sciatic nerve and cause chronic pain.
At Magnolia Medical Clinic, your provider’s goal is to relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve without surgery or medication. The practice uses nonsurgical decompression therapy to gently stretch the spine and reduce the pressure on your nerve.
Decompression therapy helps relieve inflammation around your sciatic nerve to promote healing. It also restores the natural flow of nutrient-rich fluids to help your discs heal on their own.
If you’re tired of masking sciatica pain with medication, the experts at Magnolia Medical Clinic can help. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.