Sciatica describes pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling that originates in your lower back. Some individuals also experience these sensations in their hips and down their legs. While it's not an independent condition, sciatica represents a symptom of an issue affecting the sciatic nerve. At Trabuco Hills Chiropractic, serving Mission Viejo and the surrounding region, we offer treatments to assist in managing the condition or aiding in its healing, depending on the underlying cause.
Sciatica is a medical term that characterizes the symptoms experienced when there's pressure on or damage to the sciatic nerve. The treatment, whether for acute or chronic cases, depends on the underlying cause. Sometimes, you may only require our chiropractor's assistance for a short duration. In other instances, recurring appointments are necessary to manage it to the best of your ability.
The causes of sciatica can be diverse. For instance, something as commonplace as pregnancy can lead to it. Pregnancy brings hormonal changes during the first trimester, which can result in sciatica symptoms. Conversely, in the last trimester, the unborn baby's pressure on the nerve can lead to similar symptoms. Chronic neuropathy can be a consequence of diabetes. When your blood sugar remains uncontrolled for an extended period, elevated glucose levels may damage the sciatic nerve.
Other potential causes include:
- Lyme disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Underactive thyroid
- Alcohol use disorder
- Certain medications
- Vitamin deficiencies
Before we establish a treatment approach, we'll assess and discuss any leg pain or low back pain you're experiencing. We'll also inquire about any additional symptoms and their severity, as well as their timing. The treatment plan will be tailored to the specific cause of your neuropathy. However, in most scenarios, chiropractic adjustments are included. The duration of treatment depends on whether it's acute or chronic and its severity.
During a chiropractic adjustment, our practitioner will gently move the vertebrae in your spine, making small adjustments until they realign with the rest of the bones. This process helps alleviate pressure on nearby nerves and soft tissues.
Contact Trabuco Hills Chiropractic in Mission Viejo, CA
Trabuco Hills Chiropractic, serving Mission Viejo and the surrounding area, offers various treatments beyond chiropractic adjustments to help with your neuropathy. We select treatments to promote healing or effectively manage symptoms. Book an appointment with our chiropractor by calling 949-454-9355 to find relief today. We provide assistance with leg pain, low back pain, and more!