Your Nashua Chiropractors Answer 5 FAQs About Sciatica
At Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic in Nashua, we meet many people struggling with sciatica. This syndrome can have a significant negative impact on a person’s life, and unfortunately is relatively common, affecting over 3 million people every year in the United States.
1. What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a collection of symptoms caused by compression of and damage to the sciatic nerve (a major nerve that exits the spinal cord in the low back and travels down the leg). The underlying cause of sciatica varies, but the most common causes includes bulging spinal disks, degenerative disk disease, bony spurs, and stenosis (narrowing of the spinal).
2. What are common sciatica symptoms?
Symptoms of sciatica can vary in type, severity, and duration, and largely depend on the individual cause of sciatic nerve compression. The most common symptoms include:
- Leg pain in one or both legs, typically described as burning or shooting
- Low back pain (less common)
- Numbness and tingling in legs and feet
3. Are there any long-term effects associated with sciatica?
Some people with sciatica recover within a few weeks, however others may struggle with irritating and debilitating pain for years. Permanent nerve damage, while rare, can occur in serious cases. Rapid onset of incontinence, sexual dysfunction, severe leg weakness, and impaired sensation in the groin or buttocks (“saddle” area) signify a medical emergency and require immediate medical attention.
4. I have sciatica. Now what?
The best way to promote healing from sciatica is to seek professional care. It’s also important to stay physically active, manage stress, and maintain a healthy diet.
5. Can a chiropractor help me with my sciatica?
Yes! Chiropractic care–including spinal decompression, corrective exercises, and massage–can relieve symptoms and identify the underlying cause of sciatica. Our Nashua chiropractor can help promote tissue healing, pain relief, and prevention of chronic dysfunction.
Looking For Sciatica Relief? Visit Our Nashua Chiropractic Team in Nashua, NH Today
Chiropractor Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Terry are here to help you experience the healing you deserve. To schedule your initial consultation, contact Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic of Nashua at (603) 882-5742.