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Sciatica Treatment in Atlanta

Sherwood Chiropractic Center in Atlanta provides treatment for sciatica. Sciatica is a condition involving the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower back where it travels downward into the buttocks.  It then branches and travels into each leg.  A compression, irritation or injury along any part of the sciatic nerve can result in pain, discomfort and loss of range of motion.

Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain

Any injury or ailment that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve can cause pain, numbness and weakness.  Our chiropractor in Atlanta treats sciatica that is caused by certain musculoskeletal injuries.

  • Degenerative Disc Disease – Occurs when the discs start to break down due to age or other factors
  • Herniated Discs – Inner portion of the disc breaks through the outer layer
  • Spinal Stenosis – Occurs when the spinal canal narrows
  • Spondylolithesis – One vertebra slips forward over another

Sciatica can cause a wide range of symptoms from radiating pain in the lower back to leg pain and difficulty walking.  Most individuals with sciatica notice their pain gets worse when they sit.  Severe symptoms include loss of bladder and bowel function, which requires immediate medical attention.

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Chiropractic Care Treatment with Our Atlanta Chiropractors

Our Atlanta chiropractors offer several non-surgical treatments for sciatica, including alternating heat and ice, spinal adjustments and corrective exercises.  When it comes to developing a treatment plan for your sciatic nerve pain, our chiropractors will need to determine where and how your sciatic nerve is being compressed.  This means that your first appointment will be an initial consultation to determine if chiropractic care would help with your lower back and leg pain.  If it can, we will recommend a comprehensive treatment program to help lower your pain and heal your injuries.

Heat and Ice

Applying alternative heat and ice can lower inflammation and swelling while increasing circulation in order to help improve the healing process.

Spinal Adjustments

Spinal adjustments involve pushing misaligned vertebrae back into their proper positions in order to alleviate the pressure on your sciatic nerve and improve the range of motion of your back.  This is effective for treating sciatica that is caused by herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis and spondylolithesis.

Corrective Exercises

Sudden sciatic nerve pain can be alleviated with certain exercises and stretches that are designed to take the pressure off your nerve.  Additionally, performing targeted exercises and stretches can help strengthen weak core muscles.  Strong core muscles help support the spine, which results in fewer subluxations and lower levels of back pain.

Depending on the severity of your pain and the causes of your sciatic nerve pain, we may recommend one or more treatment options.  Most individuals feel some relief after their first session, but it may take several weeks of sessions before your pain has significantly improved.

To schedule an appointment for an initial consultation at our Atlanta chiropractic office, call us at (404) 321-0082!