See how our offices in Arlington Heights, IL, can help you with sciatica.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a form of nerve pain caused due to some irritation or an injury to the sciatic nerve. The nerve originates in the gluteal/buttock area and is the thickest and longest nerve in the human body. Its thickness is almost the width of the person’s finger.
The sciatic nerve is composed of five nerve roots:
- Two are from the lumbar spine or the lower back region.
- The remaining three are from the sacrum or your spine’s end section.
These five roots come together and form the left and right sciatic nerves. A sciatic nerve runs via your buttocks, hips, and down the leg on each side, ending just under the knee.
The nerve then branches out to other nerves, continuing its journey further down your limbs and ending up at your toes and feet.
The sciatica nerve doesn’t easily get hurt or damaged. The term “sciatica” denotes any pain originating in your lower back and radiating down the leg.
Sciatica can affect either your right or your left leg. It doesn’t impact both your legs simultaneously, however. Which one of the two gets affected depends on where the nerve gets pinched along your spinal column.
And based on the cause, sciatica could be gradual or sudden. A disk herniation could cause sudden pain. Spine arthritis-related pain develops slowly over a period.
The Signs and Symptoms of Sciatica
If you have the condition, you’ll experience slight to acute pain anywhere along the sciatic nerve’s path – from your lower back, via the buttocks, hips, and/or down the legs. Your foot and leg muscles could also become weak or numb. An unpleasant tingling sensation in your foot, toes, and leg is quite likely as well.
Typical symptoms of sciatica include:
- Leg pain that gets worse while seated.
- Burning or tingling sensation that runs down your leg.
- Weakness, numbness, or problems moving the leg or foot.
- A consistent feeling of pain on a particular side of the lower back.
- The pain makes standing up on your feet next to impossible.
How Does the Pain Feel Like?
Sciatica pain or the signs of the condition can be different based on the cause. Some describe the pain to be sharp, shooting, or jolting. Others describe the pain as “electric”, “burning”, or “stabbing”.
The pain could be intermittent or constant. Moreover, the pain is a lot more severe or pronounced in your leg than in your lower back. It could feel worse if you stand or sit for extended periods. A sudden and forced body movement, such as a sneeze or cough, could also aggravate the pain or make it worse.
What are the Causes of Sciatica?
Sciatica is pain caused by inflammation, irritation, compression, or pinching of the lower back nerve. A slipped or herniated disk generally creates pressure on the nerve’s root, causing the pain.
Your likelihood of getting sciatica depends on a few things. The following are some common/major risk factors:
- Injury: An injury to the spine or lower back increases your chances of sciatica. At times, the injury’s impact may not be immediate, or the sciatica pain would come to the fore after a few weeks or months of the injury.
- Age-related wear: With aging, your spine’s disks and bone tissue wear down naturally. Normal aging could increase the risks of your nerves being pinched or injured by the shifts and changes in bone, ligaments, and disks.
- Obesity: An overweight individual is likely to develop sciatica. The more your spine has to lift or bear, the higher the chances of back pains, strains, and other back problems.
- Core Weakness: The “core” constitutes your abdomen and back muscles. If your core is not strong or in optimal condition, your lower back will not get the muscle support it requires. Unlike the rib cage providing support to the chest, the lower back’s only form of help is your muscles.
- Physical job: If you do a lot of heavy lifting at your job, your chances of developing low back issues could increase. Also, jobs that entail prolonged sitting could increase your low back problem risks. And when that happens, your sciatica nerve becomes more vulnerable.
- Improper posture: Even being fit won’t count, or you could develop sciatica if your body form is not correct – particularly when lifting weights or resorting to any form of a strength training exercise.
- Diabetes: Diabetes heightens your risk of nerve damage, increasing your likelihood of developing sciatica in the process.
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis could cause spine damage and make your nerves more susceptible to injury.
- Smoking: Nicotine found in tobacco could weaken bones, damage spinal tissue, and accelerate the wearing of your vertebral disks.
Pregnancy and Sciatica
When a woman is pregnant with her child, her weight increases. But the weight is usually not the cause or the only factor ascertaining sciatica.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes a sea of hormonal changes, causing the ligaments in her back to loosen. Those are ligaments holding together the vertebrae, safeguarding the disks and keeping the spine stable.
When the ligaments get loosened, they cause an unstable spine and cause disk slippage – resulting in the nerves getting pinched and sciatica. The weight and positioning of the baby inside the womb could also create pressure on the nerve.
Hawkeye Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
Sciatica can be treated through self-care treatments, or it gets better on its own with time. But when it doesn’t disappear by itself or when DIY therapies do not help, Hawkeye Chiropractic will come to your rescue.
Led by Dr. Drew Voelsch, our expert team of doctors will treat your sciatica and associated conditions holistically. The goal is to relieve the pain naturally and gently, without using drugs and knives. To completely relieve you of the pain and ensure zero side effects, we start with the diagnosis.
An accurate diagnosis of the condition is imperative to treat sciatica from its roots. Our doctor(s) will first examine and evaluate your medical background to ascertain the pain’s cause.
We employ a range of techniques and approaches for treatment, including massage therapy, heat and cold therapy, and ultrasound. The chiropractic massage helps relieve the sciatica pain by inducing the muscles’ relaxation and releasing endorphins that function as natural painkillers.
Unlike regular spa massages, our massages are more focused on sciatica soothing and healing. Because our chiropractors are highly knowledgeable about the body’s entire musculoskeletal system, they know where and how to apply pressure to make sure the healing process begins at the earliest.
Heat and cold therapy also comes in extremely handy with offering relief from sciatica. The heat helps loosen the strained, tightened muscles. The “cold” aspect of the treatment helps decelerate blood flow to the affected region, thereby easing inflammation symptoms.
Ultrasound is a form of (gentle) heat therapy generated using sound waves, which permeate your body’s tissues. It helps with blood circulation (healing), reduces swelling, cramping, pain, and muscle spasms.
Dr. Drew Voelsch has been in chiropractic care for more than a decade and knows which form of treatment to incorporate for his patients’ specific requirements. Since sciatica’s causes could be varied, a blanket approach mustn’t be taken. Our doctors are extremely particular about the same.
Treatment for Sciatica in Arlington Heights, IL
Hawkeye Chiropractic has been offering chiropractic services since 2009 in Arlington Heights. If you have sciatica or a friend, family member, colleague, or anyone you know in and around the region suffering from the condition, get in touch with us at our Arlington Heights office: 1401 S Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights for sciatica treatment in Arlington Heights, IL.
We have served patients from all over the Northwestern Suburb, with people mainly coming in from the following regions:
- Rolling Meadows
- Des Plaines
- Mt Prospect
- Elk Grove Village
We are open to serve throughout the week during the following hours:
- Monday and Friday: 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- Tuesday: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
- Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 AM to 1:00PM & 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Get in touch with us on the phone at (847) 472-1224 for a quick consultation or schedule a meeting in person. You may also fax us at (847) 472-1193. If you have questions to ask before an in-person consultation or treatment, let us know during our phone conversation.
If you’re traveling in from several miles away, we encourage you to let us know any doubts or queries you might have and discuss them beforehand. Even if you are just a few meters away, go ahead and put forward your questions to us before paying a visit.
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No More Getting Bogged Down by Sciatica!
Sciatica is a form of back pain and relatively common as a result. But that doesn’t imply you live with it or take it as some “harsh reality”.
Before your sciatica destabilizes your life, let us in on your condition so that we can look into the issue at a deeper level and eliminate it from your life for good or at least ensure it’s not a bother anymore.
Since chiropractic is all about a non-invasive, drugless approach to treating musculoskeletal ailments, we ensure zero side effects and bringing sciatica under complete control.
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