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What Causes Sciatica and What Is an Effective Sciatica Treatment?

Written By Commons Chiropractic Center on April 24, 2020

Sciatica Treatment Sciatica pain is so debilitating that some people can barely walk when they have an episode. 

To prevent this from happening, it’s important to know what could be contributing to your pain and to find a sciatica treatment that works. 

What Are the Common Causes of Sciatic Pain?

The following are some causes of sciatica pain that can be treated by your Denville chiropractor. 

1. Trauma

The sciatic nerve is the longest, thickest nerve bundle in the body. Therefore, it’s easy for it to be affected when you endure trauma, like a car accident, falling, or a sports injury. In these situations, the nerve can be compressed from misalignment or even bone fragments. 

2. Piriformis Syndrome

The piriformis muscle connects the femur (thigh bone) to the lower spine and aids in rotating the hip. Piriformis syndrome occurs when this muscle spasms or becomes inflamed due to injury. The swelling, spasms, and inflammation can irritate the sciatic nerve leading to pain. 

3. Bulging or Herniated Disc

When a disc bulges or herniates, the interior, gel-like disc material can press against adjacent nerves, including the sciatic nerve. Compression results in pain, tingling, and muscle weakness

4. Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra slips forward. The displacement can make the vertebra slip over an adjacent vertebral body, compressing the nerves. 

5. Spinal Stenosis

Nerves travel from the spine to the body through openings in the vertebral bodies called foramina. As people age, they can experience foramen narrowing, something that can put pressure on the nerves, including the sciatic nerve.

Why Chiropractic Care Is an Effective Sciatica Treatment in Denville 

The goal of your Denville chiropractor is to ease the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Your sciatica treatment plan will typically consist of adjustments and subluxations

With regular sciatica treatment, your chiropractor will be able to help you improve your range of motion, in addition to reducing your painful symptoms. 

Beyond Chiropractic Adjustments – Other Treatments That Can Help

Your Denville chiropractor can also recommend sciatica-specific stretches and exercises. Dr. Michael Irhin will teach you these exercises in the office, and then you can perform them daily at home. Having a multi-tiered approach to your sciatica treatment plan will ensure that you get relief fast!

Do you experience low back and leg pain? It could be sciatica-related pain. Contact us today at 973-366-3335 to schedule an evaluation.

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