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If you’re affected by sciatica, you may feel as if you’re cursed to carry this agonizing problem with you for life. The leg symptoms and lower back pain it can cause may linger for weeks, fade away and then attack again. Dr. Thomas can help you fight back against sciatica the natural way, without painkillers or surgery.

Definition, Causes, and Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica originates with a sciatic nerve impingement in the lower back. The massive sciatic nerve relays all communications between the spinal cord and the leg. Several nerve roots connect the spinal cord to the sciatic nerve — and these nerve roots can be compressed due to degenerative spinal changes, herniated discs, poor posture and other structural shifts. The resulting symptoms may include lower back pain, leg pain and tingling, numbness in the leg or foot and muscle weakness. Sufferers often notice that their symptoms are worse when they stand or sit, as opposed to lying down or walking around. But while mild lower back pain may be a symptom, it’s not the same thing as sciatica. Sciatica is a separate issue expressly involving the sciatic nerve, whereas lower back pain may involve a variety of other causes.

When It Isn’t Sciatica

Not every form of leg pain can be attributed to sciatica. Other conditions can produce many of the same symptoms, creating a kind of “phantom sciatica” that can easily lead to misdiagnosis of your true underlying problem. Piriformis syndrome, for example, occurs when an inflamed piriformis muscle in the buttocks pinches the sciatic nerve; trigger points of tight muscle elsewhere can have similar effects. An injury to the leg could crush or otherwise the sciatic nerve. It’s important to determine exactly what is — and isn’t — causing your nerve pain and other symptoms so Dr. Thomas, your Charlotte Chiropractor, can treat it effectively.

Managing Your Sciatic Nerve Pain with Chiropractic Care

Bring your sciatica symptoms to Thomas Chiropractic Clinic. A careful examination of your symptoms, medical history and spinal alignment can narrow down the possible causes of your sciatic nerve pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. We can then administer chiropractic adjustment to the lumbar spine to relieve compression of sciatic nerve roots in the lower back. Even if your symptoms actually stem from another condition, chiropractic care, massage therapy and other non-surgical treatments can often get it under control. Even degenerative conditions can respond nicely to our safe, natural pain management techniques.

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