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Posted on 07-24-2017

Frequently Asked Questions About Sciatic Nerve Pain in Birmingham

Our chiropractor at Gremmels Chiropractic Center in Birmingham offers non-invasive treatment options for sciatica. Here are a few of the common question we receive regarding sciatic nerve pain.

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What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a diagnosis that refers to a compression, inflammation or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower back, splits off in the buttocks and runs down both legs. It is one of the longest nerves in the human body and an injury or irritation along any part of the nerve can result in symptoms of sciatica.

What are the causes of sciatica?

Sciatica is most often caused by one or more herniated discs. When the discs in the back bulge, it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing lower back and leg pain. Other causes of sciatic nerve pain include spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis and an extremely tight piriformis muscle, which is located in the buttocks.

How do I know if I have sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms are slightly different from a normal back injury. Back injuries from sprains, strains and overuse typically only cause pain in the lower back. Sciatica can cause pain that spans from the lower back into the legs and feet. Sciatic nerve pain is typically only felt in one leg, but severe cases may include both legs. Additional symptoms include numbness, tingling and difficulty walking.

Does sciatica always cause lower back pain?

Sciatica does not always cause lower back pain. It depends on where the compression or irritation is located. Some individuals may only experience leg pain and numbness, tingling and weakness in the legs.

Are there any symptoms that are particularly dangerous?

If you notice a loss of control of your bladder or bowels or have genital numbness, you should seek treatment at the nearest emergency room as these symptoms may be caused by cauda equine syndrome. Additionally, you should seek emergency care if your back pain is accompanied by a fever.

Are there any factors that increase my risk for developing sciatica?

You may be at an increased risk for developing sciatica if you are overweight, have a desk job or spend long hours sitting and if you are overweight.

Can your chiropractor in Birmingham help me find sciatic nerve pain relief without surgery?

Our chiropractor in Birmingham can help you find sciatic nerve pain relief without surgery. All of our treatments are non-invasive and do not require a long recovery time. The process of finding the right treatment starts with your initial consultation and exam. The exam, which may include digital images, allows our chiropractor to determine the causes of your sciatic nerve pain. This is important because the cause of your nerve pain will determine which treatments would best benefit you.

What are my sciatica treatment options?

Your sciatica treatment options will primarily depend on the severity of your back injury or condition, your symptoms and how long you have been experiencing pain. Common treatment options for sciatic nerve pain include chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, massage therapy, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling and corrective exercises.

How many treatments will I need before I notice a reduction in my symptoms?

The number of treatments will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your symptoms and how long you have had your back and leg pain. Some individuals feel better after their first chiropractic session, but other individuals may need several treatments before they notice a reduction in their symptoms. Our chiropractor can give you an estimate on the length of your treatment after your first exam and session.

Can I prevent future flare-ups of sciatica?

Our chiropractor can help you prevent future flare-ups of sciatica through regular chiropractic sessions that are designed to address any new pain or injuries. We can also recommend certain corrective exercises to help strengthen weak muscles in your core and extremities, and we can provide you with lifestyle advice that will help prevent future back injuries.

How do I schedule an appointment at Gremmels Chiropractic Center for my sciatic nerve pain?

To schedule an appointment with our chiropractor at Gremmels Chiropractic Center for your sciatic nerve pain, call us at 205-854-3008.

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