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Sciatica FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Sciatica From Our Indianapolis Chiropractor

Sciatica is a common condition that causes back pain and troublesome sensations along the back of the leg. Discomfort can range from mild to severe, and intermittent or chronic. At Hull Chiropractic in Indianapolis, IN, we offer a variety of techniques to relieve the symptoms of sciatica. Here are some few frequently asked questions about this unpleasant problem.

Man suffering from sciatica

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a dysfunction along the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the human body, which runs from the lower spine, into the pelvis and down the back of the legs. A variety of symptoms can result, which can differ from one patient to another. The discomfort can have an impact on the ability to sit comfortably or engage in normal activities.

What Causes Sciatica?

Problems with the sciatic nerve can result from injury or structural problems in the lower spine. The discs that cushion the vertebrae can become herniated or bulge out of their normal position, placing pressure on adjacent nerves. Stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal through which the sciatic nerves passes, can also cause impingement of the nerve. Impacts to the lower spine can also cause sciatic dysfunction. Sometimes, an injury to the lower spine, such as in an auto accident, can cause sciatica symptoms.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Sciatica?

Individuals with sciatica generally have pain that starts in the lower back and travels down through the backs of the legs. The discomfort can be a sharp pain, a dull ache, or a feeling like an electric shock down the leg. Prolonged sitting can worsen the discomfort. A sneeze or a cough may result in a sharp pain. Many individuals experience a tingling sensation in the leg, numbness or weakness in the affected leg. Symptoms usually affect only one side of the body.

What Chiropractic Techniques Are Used to Treat Sciatica Symptoms?

Your Indianapolis chiropractor may use manual adjustment of the spine can to help to re-align structures to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve. If necessary, spinal decompression can be used to gently separate the vertebrae to improve function. Corrective exercise can help to strengthen muscles and reduce nerve compression. Electrotherapy can also be used to improve nerve function.

Make Hull Chiropractic Your Chiropractor in Indianapolis, IN, Call Today!

Dr. Jonathan Hull uses his extensive training in chiropractic methods to help patients in Indianapolis, IN and surrounding areas live more comfortably, with better function. We offer care for many musculoskeletal problems, including back pain, whiplash, auto accident injuries, migraines, and whiplash. Call Hull Chiropractic today at 317-243-2392 for an appointment to learn how chiropractic treatment can help your back pain and sciatica.