Understanding Sciatica: Causes and Treatment Options

Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or irritated. The sciatic nerve is a major nerve. It runs from the lower back through the buttocks and down both legs into the big toe, and it can cause pain anywhere along its path. Most people experience pain in the lower back and down one leg. Pain is usually worse when sitting. Thankfully, there is relief for sciatic nerve pain. Our chiropractor in Nashua offers pain relief for sciatica without the use of medications or surgery.

Causes and Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica can be caused by one or more underlying conditions, including spinal stenosis in the lower back, degenerating discs, bulging and herniated discs and spondylolisthesis. Spinal stenosis is where the spinal canal in the lower back narrows, causing pressure on the nerves in the spine.

Degenerative disc disease is where the discs that cushion the vertebrae begin to deteriorate. This causes a compression of the back and places additional pressure on the nerves.

Spondylolisthesis is where one vertebra slips forward over another vertebra. This usually occurs in the L5 vertebra after a fracture of the spine.

Sciatica Pain Management

Sciatica pain can be intermittent or constant, depending on the severity, and it does not heal on its own. Intermittent, annoying pain can get worse with time instead of better. That is why we offer sciatica pain management services, including chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and spinal decompression. Chiropractic adjustments can gently push your vertebrae back into alignment to alleviate the pressure on your sciatic nerve.

Massage therapy relaxes the muscles in your back and legs and improves circulation to injured areas, helping them heal. Spinal decompression increases the space between the vertebrae so that bulging, herniated and slipped discs can retract back into their normal positions naturally.

Would you visit Main Street Wellness & Chiropractic for drug-free and surgery-free pain management for sciatica?

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