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If you experiencing lower back pain, shooting pains down your leg, tingling, numbness and other odd issues in your lower extremities, there's a good chance you're suffering from sciatica. This common neurological problem can prove uncommonly vexing, making everyday tasks difficult at best and possibly depriving you of your ability to work. Drugs provide only temporary relief, while surgery is strictly a last resort. But you may need neither of those alternatives -- because Gibson Chiropractic is proud to offer conservative sciatica treatment in Sacramento.
The rather quaint-sounding term "sciatica" is sometimes misused or misunderstood. For one thing, it is not synonymous with lower back pain (which may have a number of causes), although lower back pain may be one of the symptoms you experience. Strictly speaking, sciatica is not a condition in and of itself; instead, it is a set of symptoms commonly related to impingement or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This long, thick nerve runs all the way from the base of the spine through the leg, serving as the central conduit for motor signals and sensations. If the nerve roots that attach this nerve to the spinal cord become impinged, sciatic nerve pain and other faulty signals may be passed to of the subsidiary nerves. As a result, you may experience:
A variety of conditions and situations can lead to sciatica, from age-related spinal changes to chronic alignment and posture problems that allow spinal structures to press against the nerve tissue. An acute injury may cause these shifts all of a sudden while also producing herniated discs that protrude onto sciatic nerve roots.
The first thing our Sacramento chiropractor, Dr. Gibson, will do to address your sciatica is to determine whether it really is sciatica. Certain other conditions such as sciatic nerve damage, trigger point pain or piriformis syndrome (in which a buttock muscle irritates the sciatic nerve) can mimic the telltale symptoms to create a "phantom sciatica."
If your problem definitely involves impingement of the sciatic nerve roots, our chiropractor in Sacramento will isolate exactly which structures are pressing on these nerve roots. Chiropractic adjustments can bring your vertebral joints and discs back into their ideal alignment, taking the pressure off and relieving those agonizing symptoms. Our chiropractor in Sacramento may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen an extremity weakened by sciatica or to help you maintain healthier posture.
If you've decided that you can't let sciatica dominate your life anymore, take the first step toward natural relief from that sciatic nerve pain by calling Gibson Chiropractic at 916-925-2225. We want to be your sciatica solution!