Sciatica pain makes it hard to keep up with your daily routine. But The Injury Center, LLC in Brooklyn, Ohio, can help you resolve your pain and get back in action. Tony Wyrwas, DC, MS, DACBSP, DACRB, is an experienced chiropractor specializing in evidence-based treatments. He offers in-depth evaluations to identify the cause of your pain and then provides long-lasting noninvasive solutions. Let The Injury Center, LLC help you explore sciatica treatment options. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when a disc in your spinal column presses against nerves at the base of your spine. Over time, this pressure causes nerve inflammation and chronic pain. Sciatica pain can be debilitating. The pain sometimes may even keep you from school or work.
Symptoms of sciatica can include:
- Pain that radiates down your leg
- Pain that’s worse when you sneeze, move, or cough
- Weakness, numbness, or tingling
- A pins and needles sensation
- Pain that’s sharp or feels like an electric jolt
Sciatica is most common in people between the ages of 30-50. But younger people can develop sciatica too. The condition often occurs in pregnant women and people with jobs requiring heavy lifting.
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica usually develops when discs in your spine swell, bulge, or slip out of alignment. These disc problems are often linked to increased age. As you get older, tissues in your spinal discs can weaken. Over time, they become more likely to bulge or rupture.
Remember that sciatica is a progressive condition that often worsens without treatment. Many people ignore their sciatica symptoms or treat them with over-the-counter pain relievers. But these medications only mask sciatica symptoms. They don’t address the underlying nerve problem. Left untreated, your sciatica pain can worsen rapidly.
How is sciatica treated?
The most effective sciatica treatments work by relieving pressure on the affected nerve. At The Injury Center, LLC, Dr. Wyrwas performs an in-depth evaluation to find out what’s causing your sciatica. Next, he develops a customized treatment plan.
Your treatment plan is designed to correct the structural problems causing your pain. Chiropractic treatments at The Injury Center, LLC can also help reduce your risk of future nerve problems.
What chiropractic treatments help with sciatica?
Restoring proper spinal alignment can help relieve pain throughout your back and legs. Dr. Wyrwas uses gentle compressions during treatment to maneuver your spinal column back into place. Dr. Wyrwas may also recommend therapeutic exercises to boost muscle function and flexibility.
In some cases, Dr. Wyrwas may suggest using advanced treatment techniques. Cold laser therapy or electric muscle stimulation are cutting-edge treatments that can help heal your body. These treatments restore healthy physical function without the need for invasive surgery.