Sciatica Treatment in Naples, FL
If there’s a pain in your leg, then the problem may be in your back. Sciatica originates in your lower back or buttocks, but the pain often travels into one or even both legs. Some people experience a mild ache while others have pain that is only alleviated with bed rest. The discomfort can be occasional, frequent or constant, and there are other symptoms, too, such as a burning sensation, numbness or tingling. Dr. Wills often use chiropractic adjustments to treat patients who have sciatica in Naples. Several visits to our office may be necessary, but the outcome is relief and the ability to return to normal daily activities.
What Causes Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and runs through your buttock and then down to your foot. It is the longest and widest nerve in the body and connects leg skin and muscle to the nervous system.
Sciatica happens when the sciatic nerve is compressed. This condition is not a disorder, but is the result of a disorder such as:
- Lumbar spine subluxations
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Pregnancy or childbirth
- A tumor
Other disorders not connected to the spine may also contribute to sciatica including diabetes, constipation or sitting on a wallet stored in your back pocket.
Piriformis Syndrome and Sciatica
The piriformis muscle begins at the lower part of your spine and connects to the thighbone. The sciatic nerves lies underneath this muscle. Your pirformis may be injured in a fall or as a result of arthritis or a difference in the length of your legs. In this case, the muscle may cramp or spasm, which can pinch the sciatic nerve and cause pain.
Dr. Wills will first find the cause of your sciatica. A correct diagnosis is essential to forming a chiropractic treatment plan. He’ll review your medical history and conduct a complete physical and neurological exam. Your diagnosis may also include x-rays, an MRI, CT scan or nerve conduction.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
Depending on what Dr. Wills finds is causing your sciatica, a number of different treatment modalities may be prescribed including:
- Spinal Adjustments to reduce nerve irritability that leads to inflammation, muscle spasm, pain and sciatica’s other symptoms
- Ice Therapy to reduce inflammation and control the pain associated with sciatica
- Therapeutic Exercises to strengthen the muscles along the spine as well as the piriformis muscle that surrounds the sciatic nerve
- Spinal decompression to take pressure off of bulging or herniated discs in order to deliver pain relief and healing