The sharp, burning pain of sciatica can make even simple activities like sitting and walking difficult. Physical therapy and targeted spinal manipulations and adjustments can put an end to your pain and restore full mobility, making it much easier to do the things you enjoy. Dr. David Preston and the experienced medical professionals at Bay Area Wellness Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, are committed to helping their patients regain their full health. Call or schedule an appointment online to get treatment for your sciatica today.
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. It stretches from your lower back, through your buttock, and down through your leg.
Sciatica is a condition that occurs when abnormal pressure or irritation affects the sciatic nerve, resulting in shooting or stabbing pain that radiates from your back into your legs, sometimes all the way to your knee.
Symptoms of sciatica can vary from person to person. Some people with sciatic nerve pain experience a dull ache, while others feel intense pain or burning. Sciatic nerve pain can even feel like an electric shock.
People who experience sciatic nerve pain have difficulty sitting for long periods of time and may feel intense pain when they sneeze or cough. Sciatica can also make your legs feel numb or weak, or like they’re tingling.
Your chiropractor and medical provider at Bay Area Wellness Center can help you manage your sciatica symptoms through physical therapy, spinal manipulation, stretching exercises, and medication.
Back strengthening physical therapy along with stretching exercises can provide relief and improve your flexibility and posture. Spinal manipulation and adjustment techniques that snap your joints into place through the use of controlled pressure can gently guide your spine back into alignment.
Special stretching exercises that cause your hips to stretch and rotate can alleviate your sciatica symptoms. Applying hot and cold compresses to the affected area at alternating intervals can also help to reduce sciatic nerve pain.
In some cases, your doctor or medical provider may prescribe certain medications for sciatica pain that does not go away with physical therapy alone. These medications can relax your muscles, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.
Steroid injections that help to reduce swelling around the root of the sciatic nerve can also alleviate persistent sciatica pain.
If sciatica is impacting your quality of life, call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about sciatica treatments at Bay Area Wellness Center.