Sciatica Treatment With Our Team at Battle Creek Chiropractic
At Battle Creek Family Chiropractic in Battle Creek, MI, our chiropractor team educates our patients frequently about the syndrome known as sciatica. It's a term you probably hear often but may not know exactly what it is, how it occurs, and how it can impact you. We're proud to offer thorough patient education as well as sciatica treatment.
Sciatica Explained: Causes & Risk Factors
You have a right and left sciatic nerve, exiting the spinal cord in the lumbar spine. With sciatica, one of these nerves becomes compressed by something—often a disc, bony spur, narrowed joint space, or (much more rarely) a spinal tumor. The sciatic nerve can also be compressed in the buttock region by a muscle called the piriformis (in a condition known as piriformis syndrome).
The presence of another underlying spinal condition, such as a disc herniation, disc bulge, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or spondylolisthesis, can lead to sciatica. Sciatica can also occur due to acute trauma, such as a car accident, sports injury, or personal injury. You may be more at risk for these conditions and the resultant sciatica due to factors such as:
- Advancing age
- Physically demanding job
- Excessive sedentary behavior
- Smoking and excessive sugar or alcohol consumption
- A prior history of back pain
Common Symptoms of Sciatica
You may have sciatica if you have:
- Pain in the buttocks and/or leg
- Pain that feels sharp, burning, shooting, or searing
- Numbness or tingling in the leg
- Weakness in the leg
These symptoms may be mild or severe, occasional or constant. Certain movements may worsen your symptoms. Symptoms may also be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of sitting or standing.
How Our Battle Creek Chiropractor Staff Treats Sciatica
When you come to see our Battle Creek chiropractor for sciatica symptom relief, you'll learn more about your unique condition and receive a thorough physical examination to confirm a diagnosis. Based on Dr. Casey's findings, you'll be provided with a customized treatment plan to provide you with symptom relief and relieved compression on the sciatic nerve itself. This will accelerate your healing and reduce your risk of recurring issues.
Common treatments we offer for our patients with sciatica include:
- Chiropractic adjustments, to correct spinal joint alignment and trigger the release of natural pain relievers
- Corrective exercises, to improve core stability
- Lifestyle counseling, to teach you ways to avoid recurring irritation
Are You Dealing with Sciatica Symptoms? Contact Us Today
Stay on top of your sciatica pain by contacting us today at (269) 966-2006 to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor in Battle Creek, MI, Dr. Justin D. Casey.