Sciatica

Restorative Wellness Center

Chiropractic located in Ann Arbor, MI

Does electric-like back pain, tingling, or numbness have you missing out on life? Sciatica affects up to 40% of people at some time during their life, but it’s a relatively misunderstood condition. Finding effective relief from sciatica and low back pain can be a difficult journey, particularly when traditional medicine doesn’t work. But at Restorative Wellness Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, healing is a real possibility. Find out more about how chiropractic care and functional medicine can help you manage sciatica pain and get back to enjoying life. Call the clinic or book online today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a pain condition that affects the lower back, hips, buttocks, and legs. The pain can feel like a mild, constant ache or it could appear as sharp, excruciating pain. It typically affects one leg, but sometimes both, and it can make sitting for long periods of time unbearable. 

Sciatica develops when the sciatic nerve in your spine gets pinched. The nerve may suffer compression if you have a herniated disc, a bone spur on your spine, or you have spinal stenosis, a condition where your spinal canal narrows.

In some cases, sciatica can cause pain, tingling,or numbness from the lower back through the buttock, and down the leg down to the foot. Mild sciatica often goes away on its own, but if the pain lingers or returns, make an appointment at Restorative Wellness Center. 

How is sciatica treated?

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of sciatica, finding treatment can help prevent complications that continue causing pain and other problems. Restorative Wellness Center offers noninvasive spinal decompression and spinal disc therapy for sciatica and other common back issues.

Noninvasive spinal decompression works by gently stretching your spine to take off the pressure where the nerves are pinched. Only the area that is causing you pain needs to be stretched, so you don’t have to have your entire spine stretched if you don’t want it.

The process creates negative pressure within the affected disc in your spine. This allows the disc to retract, giving the nerves the space they need and relieving the pressure causing the pain. Nerves can then get more of the nutrients they need to heal, which also helps relieve pain.

Muscle response is monitored during treatment, so you don’t experience muscle tension or discomfort following your decompression procedure. Many patients notice an immediate improvement in nerve pain following spinal disc therapy.

What are other common causes of low back pain?

The discs between the vertebrae in your spine cushion the bones as you move. If a disc bulges, it begins protruding from the spine and can interfere with nerves. A herniated disc is a bulged disc that ruptures due to too much pressure. 

Another cause of low back pain is spinal stenosis. If you have spinal stenosis, your spinal cord or nerve roots get compressed as your spinal canal narrows over time.

Lifestyle factors influence back pain. Lifting heavy objects incorrectly, sitting for long periods of time, or participating in strenuous physical activity all make it more likely that you’ll experience disc problems. 

Age and gender affect back health, and men who are over 40 are more likely to suffer disc problems that cause back pain. Being overweight or obese may increase your risk of back problems, too. 

There’s hope for people with chronic back pain. Learn about your treatment options for sciatica, disc problems, spinal stenosis, and other conditions by calling the clinic or requesting your first appointment online today.