Sciatica Treatment in Vero Beach, FL
You don't recall injuring your leg or foot, and yet you're plagued by shooting pains and other odd sensations in that extremity. These symptoms raise a red flag for an all-too-common form of chronic discomfort known as sciatica. Sciatica can make everyday life unbearable and even affect your ability to stand or walk properly. But you don't have to submit to the limitations imposed by sciatica. Here at Bartkus Chiropractic Center, we can help you overcome your symptoms safely, effectively, and non-surgically.
Getting to Know Your Sciatica
Sciatica is best described as an irritation of the largest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve. This nerve is the central "data cable" that conveys all the nerve signals from the brain and spinal cord to all the lesser nerves in the buttock, leg, and foot. It's joined at the spinal cord near the base of the spine by a series of nerve roots. Unfortunately, these nerve roots rest in close proximity to vertebrae and vertebral discs, meaning that even a slight misalignment in one of these components can pinch them. This prevents nerve signals from traveling to and from the sciatic nerve as they should.
Depending on the location and severity of the impingement, you may experience pain down the back of the leg, tingling sensations, sharp pains that get worse when sitting, and areas of numbness. Since both sensory and motor signals are affected, you may also lose some muscular control over your leg or foot.
Sciatica may occur suddenly as a result of a spinal injury, especially if a herniated disc or dislocated vertebra presses on the sciatic nerve roots. But it also occurs alongside chronic issues such as degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis. Even a simple case of poor posture can encourage sciatica.
Sciatica bouts may come and go, but you won't really get rid of the problem until you fix what's causing it. At Barkus Chiropractic Center, Dr. Bartkus, can find this underlying cause by examining your spinal alignment in detail. Once we know which nerve root is involved, we can administer chiropractic adjustments to that area of the spine to bring misaligned vertebrae or misplaced discs back into line, releasing compressed nerve tissue. Corrective exercises can help you adopt a straighter posture if need be. If the sciatic nerve itself is compressed due to spasms of the hip's piriformis muscle, we can treat that condition as well.
Visit Your Source for Sciatica Relief
Your journey toward sciatica relief starts right now. Call Bartkus Chiropractic Center at 772-569-0500 to schedule an appointment!