Pain that extends from your lower back into your legs may be caused by sciatica. The condition makes everything in life more complicated, from sitting at your desk at work to doing the laundry. Fortunately, your Quincy, MA, chiropractors at Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation offer effective treatments that can relieve your pain. With 13 locations in Massachusetts, one of our offices is probably close to you.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when one or both of your sciatic nerves become compressed or pinched. The nerves travel from the base of your spine to your lower legs.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
You may feel sciatica pain anywhere along the path of the sciatic nerve, including the lower back, hip, buttocks, upper leg, lower leg and even the foot in some cases. Sciatica pain can be aching, dull, burning or sharp and varies from mild to severe in intensity. Some people who have sciatica report an electric shock sensation. The pain can also be accompanied by a pins-and-needles feeling and numbness or weakness in your legs or feet.
What causes sciatica?
Your risk of sciatica rises as you grow older. Aging increases the likelihood that you'll develop a herniated disc or bone spur that will press on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica pain can also occur if your spinal column becomes misaligned due to poor posture, injuries, sitting for hours or even lifting heavy objects at work. Other risk factors include obesity and diabetes.
How can my chiropractor help me?
If your symptoms don't subside after a week or worsen, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your chiropractor in Quincy, MA, or another Massachusetts location. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, he or she may recommend one or more of these treatments:
- Ice therapy to control pain and inflammation
- Spinal manipulation to realign your spine and relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve
- Ultrasound therapy to ease pain and other symptoms
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to block pain impulses with a gentle electrical current
Are you tired of living with sciatica pain? Call your chiropractors at Milton Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Quincy, MA, at (617) 471-4491 to make an appointment. We offer chiropractic care at our West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Dorchester, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, North Dartmouth, and Quincy, MA, offices.