If You Suffer from Sciatica, Your Chiropractor Can Help
Sciatica can cause debilitating lower back pain that extends over the hips and down the legs. Many people who have sciatica also develop muscle cramps and shooting pain that makes standing a challenge. Our chiropractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Dr. Erika Hamer, has answers for your frequently asked questions about sciatica.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition caused by inflammation or impingement of the sciatic nerve. This nerve branches out of your lower spine and travels over your hips down your legs. When a spinal disc slips out of alignment to pinch this nerve, the result is typically constant pain. There may also be numbness, tingling, or unusual sensations of heat or cold along the path of the nerve.
Is sciatica always caused by a spinal disc abnormality?
The most common cause of sciatica is age-related deterioration of a spinal disc that causes the spine to lose its proper alignment, compressing the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can also result from narrowing of the nerve canal in the spine (spinal stenosis), inflammation, and injuries to the sciatic nerve itself.
What should I do about sciatica?
Don't load up on pain medication. See your chiropractor in Ponte Vedra Beach, Dr. Hamer, as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Hamer has a variety of drug-free, non-surgical treatments to relieve your pain and to help you get back to normal.
What can Dr. Hamer do for my sciatica?
Every patient is a little different, but sciatica treatment from your chiropractor always involves spinal adjustment. Spinal misalignments caused by a number of different factors restrict or constrict the sciatic nerve. Chiropractic manipulation gently restores spinal alignment so this pressure on the nerve is relieved.
Dr. Hamer also has a variety of drug-free tools for pain relief. Ponte Vedra Wellness Center can treat you with transcutaneous electroneural stimulation (TENS), ultrasound, and spinal decompression. Dr. Hamer also has special skills for treating sciatica during pregnancy.
How long does it take to get over sciatica?
Treatments from your chiropractor for sciatica focus on pain relief for at least the first month. Then, the doctor will help you to develop habits that prevent future sciatica pain by treating the cause of your condition and helping you achieve a higher level of physical fitness.
Dr. Hamer Is Here to Help
Don't delay chiropractic care for your sciatica. Request an appointment with Dr. Hamer online or call us at (904) 273-2691. Dr. Erika Hamer practices at Ponte Vedra Wellness Center, 100 Corridor Rd. S. Suite 220,Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082.