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Sciatica Relief in Port St Lucie

ankle and leg painPain that starts in the lower back and extends down one or both legs, sciatica, involves the impingement or blockage of the L4 to S3 branches of the nervous system, which originate from the lumbar and sacral regions. These nerves travel through the glutes into the posterior part of the leg.

Impingement can occur due to various factors, including lumbar spine discs, the sacroiliac joint (SI joint), and muscle tightness around the sciatic nerve in areas like the lower back, glutes, piriformis, or hamstring.

Typical Symptoms

These are the common symptoms of sciatica:

  • Hip pain
  • A tingling or burning feeling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or a difficult time moving the leg or foot
  • Continual discomfort that affects one side of the buttocks
  • A shooting pain that makes it uncomfortable to stand up

How Is Sciatica Diagnosed?

Diagnosing sciatica involves differentiating it from conditions like piriformis syndrome. Our chiropractors perform diagnostic tests, including the straight leg raiser, where a stretch is applied to the nerve to identify issues from the lower back. Distinguishing between sciatica and piriformis syndrome can be done by assessing whether the pain extends beyond the knee.

How Chiropractic Care May Help

Chiropractic care addresses sciatica through three main approaches:

  • Lumbar spine adjustments to alleviate disc-related issues
  • Sacroiliac joint adjustments for improved hip and low back mobility
  • Muscle-focused adjustments to decrease muscle spasms and address nerve pressure

Depending on a patient’s needs, our doctors may use various techniques, including gravity-assisted drop tables, traditional adjustments, Activator Methods®, and NetworkSpinal®.

Chiropractic vs. Traditional Treatments

Chiropractic care differs from traditional treatments such as injections, epidurals, nerve blocks, and surgeries, which are bandage approaches. While traditional methods may focus on numbing pain, chiropractic care addresses the root cause by promoting healing, restoring alignment, and improving communication within the nervous system.

Preventing Recurrence

Chiropractic interventions and lifestyle modifications are crucial in preventing sciatica recurrence. Core and pelvic floor strengthening and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including anti-inflammatory diets, hydration, and regular movement, contribute to long-term relief.

Posture and Its Role in
Managing Sciatica

Posture provides insights into the body’s functioning and can influence the nervous system. A sympathetic dominant posture, such as slouching or hip hinging, triggers a protective response. Chiropractic care helps regulate the nervous system, so your body can move from a protective state to a healing state, improving posture and overall well-being.

How Long Does It Take to Get Relief?

The time frame for sciatic pain relief through chiropractic care varies. While some individuals experience immediate relief, others may require more time, especially if complicating factors like arthritis or severe disc issues are present. Consistent chiropractic care, coupled with lifestyle modifications, contributes to ongoing healing.

Book an Appointment

If you’ve been sidelined by sciatica, we want to help you experience relief. Contact Awaken Chiropractic Center today to book an appointment with Dr. Victoria or Dr. Robert!

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Sciatica Relief Port St Lucie, FL | (772) 763-1311