Did you know that up to 40% of people suffer from sciatica at some point during their life? Although this painful condition can be debilitating, nonsurgical intervention can provide quick and effective relief. Rebekah Nunn, DC, at Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma, specializes in conservative, noninvasive treatment for sciatica pain. Stop suffering in silence, make an appointment by calling or clicking the online booking tool today.
The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in your body. It runs from your lower back, over your buttocks, down your thighs, and into your legs and feet. Your sciatic nerve helps control several muscles in your legs and also provides sensation to the skin that covers your feet.
Sciatica isn’t a medical condition. Instead, it’s a term used to describe irritation or compression affecting your sciatic nerve. Sciatica is one of the most common causes of lower back pain, affecting millions of people on an annual basis.
The most common symptom associated with sciatica is a sharp, shooting pain that starts in the lower back and travels down the buttocks and into the legs. Other telltale signs of sciatica include numbness in the leg above the nerve, tingling sensations in the legs and toes, and pain that arises after sitting or standing for long periods of time.
Sciatica occurs for a variety of reasons, but herniated discs are the number-one cause worldwide. Other common causes include:
Sometimes sciatica pain develops without any obvious cause. In cases like these, age and profession often play a role. For example, sciatica tends to affect people who are in their 30s and 40s. If your job requires you to lift heavy objects, you’re also at a higher risk.
Acute cases of sciatica typically resolve on their own within four to eight weeks with rest and light exercise. However, if your symptoms persist or they’re interfering with your overall quality of life, it’s important to make an appointment at Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C.
Dr. Nunn diagnoses sciatica after performing a physical exam, reviewing your medical history, and asking about your symptoms. She may also ask you to perform a series of exercises in office, to confirm sciatica is causing your discomfort.
Depending on the cause of your sciatica, Dr. Nunn may recommend a series of chiropractic adjustments, a series of home exercises or chiropractic adjustments combined with alternative therapies like traditional or no-needle acupuncture. Dr. Nunn works hard to treat sciatica pain conservatively and noninvasively.
If you’ve been told surgery is the only way to relieve your sciatica pain, it’s time to consider chiropractic care. Make an appointment at Covenant Chiropractic Clinic P.C. today by calling or clicking the online booking tool.