Sciatica FAQs

Sciatica FAQs

Sciatic Pain

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is used to describe various kinds of pain, numbness and tingling that are located in the lower back, buttocks, down the legs, and sometimes in the feet. The symptoms typically affect one side of the body, but can switch sides periodically, and can occur in one of the locations previously mentioned, or can appear in a combination of locations. Symptoms can vary from person to person and can include various types of pain, from achy to stabbing pain. Other symptoms may include weakness, tingling, numbness, foot drop, incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

What causes sciatica?

Spinal sciatica is usually caused by a problem with the nerve root originating in the lower back or sacral area of the spine. Injuries like auto accidents or heavy lifting can originate the pain, but sciatic pain can also be triggered by simply twisting or bending.

Can sciatica be treated successfully without surgery?

Finding the root cause of the problem is the most important step. From there, a conservative treatment plan can be developed for your particular case. Chiropractic treatments are very effective for sciatica. In addition, Cole Chiropractic Clinic often applies various therapeutic modalities to promote healing and faster pain relief.

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