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Sciatica in Painesville, OH

Sciatica, a condition that causes pain radiating into the hips and legs as well as numbness and tingling, is due to pressure on the sciatic nerve. This pressure can be relieved by chiropractic treatment to realign the spine. French Chiropractic and Wellness in Madison offers sciatica treatment to residents of Painesville and the surrounding areas.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica gets its name from the sciatic nerve, which runs from the buttocks down the back of the leg to the foot. Nerve irritation from pressure due to spinal alignment problems is the primary source of the pain. The most common symptom is a combination of acute lower back pain and pain that radiates down the back of one or both legs.

What Causes Sciatica?

Nerve root irritation occurs when a bone in the spine rubs on the nerve. The usual location of a misalignment in the sciatic nerve is in the lower back. Sciatica can also be caused by conditions, such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis (narrowed spinal canal), pregnancy or a condition called spondylolisthesis. This last condition occurs when one vertebra slips slightly over another vertebra. Obesity, lack of regular exercise, a mattress that is too soft and constantly wearing high heels can all contribute to sciatica.

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

Although back pain often accompanies sciatica, in some cases, the symptoms are primarily neurological. Some common sciatica symptoms are numbness and tingling in the affected leg(s), particularly changes in feelings in the sole of the foot or rear of the calf. Sciatica may affect mobility in the knees or feet, or make them weak. Some patients report pain in the calf muscles.

What is the Treatment for Sciatica?

Two forms of sciatic chiropractic care are used at French Chiropractic and Wellness Center, including flexion/distraction with one of our specially designed tables or spinal decompression. We also employ manual adjustments, either by hand or with special tools designed for chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractic treatment can help anyone in your family. If you think you might have sciatica, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with French Chiropractic and Wellness Center.