Chiropractic Care for Sciatic Nerve Pain in Punta Gorda
Sciatica is something we see every day at Stock Chiropractic Wellness Center in Punta Gorda. We know that chiropractic care is best for sciatic nerve pain. This brief article will tell you why.
What Is Sciatic Nerve Pain?
Sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica for short, is a symptom of pressure on the sciatic nerve. This nerve travels beneath a muscle called the piriformis. This is the muscle that connects your thigh muscles to your lower spine. Without the piriformis, you couldn't swivel your hips or "shake your booty." When there's inflammation or dislocation of the piriformis muscle, the result is piriformis syndrome, of which sciatic nerve pain is a prominent symptom.
Sciatic nerve pain travels from your lower back or your hip down a leg. It can be intermittent or constant pain, but it's not unusual for the pain to be 24/7. It becomes painful to walk very far or to sit very long. It's almost impossible to find a comfortable position to lie down and sleep. The pain in one leg causes sciatic nerve pain sufferers to favor the other leg, and it can become fatigued. There can be leg cramps and muscle spasms where you didn't even know you had muscles. Sciatic nerve pain becomes a real disability.
There are a few other conditions that press on the sciatic nerve and induce sciatic nerve pain. One of them is pregnancy. Another is severe constipation. Or the problem can be a slipped, ruptured, or herniated disc. Ironically, losing weight and getting back into shape is a common event just before something happens to trigger sciatic nerve pain.
What Can Chiropractic Care Do For Sciatic Nerve Pain?
One of the first things your chiropractor will do after diagnosing your problem is finding drug-free ways to relieve your pain. This can be something as simple as an ice pack or a heating pad. Or it can be TENS, the "pain zapper", also known as transcutaneous electroneural stimulation. Or maybe what you really need is getting your spine back into alignment so a damaged disc does not constantly press on your sciatic nerve.
If you have never seen a chiropractor before, it's normal to be a little anxious at your first visit. Chiropractic adjustments don't hurt. You should feel better at the end of your treatment and progressively better over the weeks you need to realign your spine to keep pressure off the sciatic nerve. Your chiropractor will also teach you new ways of moving and exercising to ensure the problem doesn't happen again.
You can start your road to freedom from sciatic nerve pain now!
There's no time like right now to make your appointment with Stock Chiropractic Wellness Center in Punta Gorda. Call us at (941) 205-2225 to make your appointment today!