Sciatica FAQs

 Sciatica is a common condition that causes pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve. It often develops when the nerve becomes irritated or compressed and can cause symptoms like lower back pain or numbness. Prior to visiting Elan Wellness Center in Tampa and Westchase, FL, for care, take a look at some frequently asked questions about sciatica below:


What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica can occur due to a variety of factors, including herniated discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or even muscle spasms in the buttocks or back. These issues can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in inflammation and pain. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as poor posture, sedentary behavior, or excessive lifting can exacerbate the condition.

What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

The hallmark symptom of sciatica is a sharp, shooting pain that radiates from the lower back down through the leg. This pain may worsen when sitting or standing for prolonged periods. Other common symptoms include numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg, which can interfere with daily activities and mobility.

How is Sciatica Diagnosed?

Diagnosing sciatica typically involves a thorough physical examination and a review of the patient's medical history. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans may be ordered to identify the underlying cause of the symptoms and to rule out other potential conditions. Additionally, nerve conduction studies or electromyography (EMG) tests may be performed to assess nerve function.

What Are the Treatment Options for Sciatica?

Treatment for sciatica helps alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility. Conservative approaches may include rest, hot or cold therapy, over-the-counter pain medications, and gentle stretching exercises. Physical therapy or chiropractic care can also be effective in addressing underlying musculoskeletal issues and improving spinal alignment.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Sciatica?

Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal disorders, including those that affect the spine and nervous system. Our chiropractor uses hands-on spinal manipulation and other manual techniques to realign the spine, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve. Many patients find relief from sciatica symptoms through regular chiropractic adjustments.

Contact Elan Wellness Center for an Appointment Today!

At Elan Wellness Center in Tampa and Westchase, FL, we understand that discomfort from sciatica can affect your daily activities. With personalized care, we can reduce your symptoms and help your body heal. To schedule your initial consultation, call our office at (813) 855-0001 today. When you need a chiropractor near me, our team looks forward to assisting you!

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