Beginning in your lower back, the sciatic nerve runs through the buttocks and down the legs. When there is damage done to the sciatic nerve, it can lead to a condition known as sciatica. This pain typically begins in the lower back, with complaints of discomfort in this area that may be caused by injury, herniated discs, or a narrowing of the spine called spinal stenosis. Conditions like these can lead to back, hip, and leg pain that worsens over time, in addition to symptoms in the extremities like numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. Spinal stenosis and herniated discs are both conditions that put a severe pressure on the sciatic nerve. Because the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, this pressure can be painful and frustrating.
Usually someone suffering from sciatic pain is looking for relief in any way they can find it. Some common options that people turn to are muscle relaxers and other pain killers, rest, or physical therapy, but these are not always guaranteed to relieve sciatic pain. When none of these options work, some people will be referred for surgery. But since this is invasive, it should be treated as a last resort, only after working with a Bozeman chiropractor to identify safe and non-invasive methods of pain management.
When you visit Waypoint Chiropractic, you will meet with Dr. Cary Gentry and determine a plan to improve your overall health and wellness by nurturing the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. The spinal cord connects to all nerves, which leaves the nerves open to damage as a result of spinal misalignments. When the lumbar (lower) spine specifically is out of alignment, this can cause sciatic pain.
The focus of chiropractic care is to remove any misalignments from the spine in order to improve your overall health, making it a natural fit to help with sciatic pain. When you visit Dr. Cary Gentry, you will undergo a gentle adjustment that is designed to relieve your sciatic pain and address overall health and nerve communication. By using chiropractic care, you are addressing the root cause of your pain and preventing it from returning in the future.
Because sciatic pain is one of the most common complaints from those seeking chiropractic care, there is a multitude of research that shows it is an effective way of addressing the issue. One case study followed a woman with a number of medical conditions, including fibromyalgia, migraines, and sciatic pain. With regular chiropractic care, she saw a resolution of 98% of her complaints. In a similar study, a man suffering from hypertension, wrist pain, and sciatica saw a full resolution within just two months of regular chiropractic adjustments.
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