Suffering From Sciatica in Fort Collins?
Sciatica symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe debilitating pain, however, these symptoms should never be ignored due to a potential for flare-ups and chronic pain. At Brave Roots Chiropractic in Fort Collins, you can get treatment tailored to your unique condition in order to address the root cause of your discomfort. Steve Cook, DC, utilizes a variety of non-invasive techniques to reduce and eliminate sciatica symptoms naturally so you can enjoy life again. To set up a visit, call the office or book online.
Emergency room doctors say that sciatica is one of the most common things they encounter each year in Fort Collins. While there are large numbers of people that have this issue, many never achieve a long-term solution. Their sciatic pain continues to worsen because they have not received the correct treatment. This article from Brave Roots Chiropractic: Steve Cook, DC will help you to understand the ins and outs of this condition and how chiropractic care in Fort Collins can help you overcome it.
Many people wonder what sciatica feels like? Patients often describe the pain of sciatica as a slight discomfort to the most extreme unbearable pain. Sciatic pain can show up in different areas of the leg and foot, and many times the pain will come and go. Over years of time people tend to go through periods of pain that typically intensify as the problem goes unchecked.
Sciatica in Fort Collins
The pelvic and lumbar spine are usually the areas that a sciatic issue will start from. This area of the spine is very complicated and it can be difficult to locate the problem. Our team will be able to work with you to zero in on the source. From there they will need to work with you to improve the position of the spine and discs.
Some patients say that all they did was bend over to pick up a piece of paper and they were hit with extreme pain. They don't understand how an easy task caused them so much pain. The reality is that their condition was probably developing over years of time, that piece of paper just happened to be the last straw. Most spinal problems don't happen overnight, they build up over years of time.
How Long Does it Take to Correct Sciatica?
Treatment length for sciatic pain can vary significantly from patient to patient. Some people respond very quickly while others take more time to recover. It really depends on the condition of the disc or the joints that the chiropractor has to correct. In most cases, the longer the issue persists, the longer it will take to achieve correction. The great news is that it typically takes less time to fix an issue like this than it took to create it.
In the US the amount of people that end up with back surgery is staggering, and the low success rate is disappointing. It's estimated that back surgery is only about 15% effective within a five year period of time. That's simply not good enough for you.
Sciatica Q & A
Sciatica is a symptom of any condition that causes compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve in your lower back. Your sciatic nerve extends from your spine on both sides of your body into your buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.
Most cases of sciatica are related to muscles in these areas putting pressure on your sciatic nerve, though other structures can also irritate or compress the nerve. The sciatic nerve is also the largest nerve in your body, which is why sciatica can cause severe, debilitating pain and symptoms throughout your lower back and legs.
Symptoms of sciatica can show up anywhere along the length of your sciatic nerve. Common warning signs include:
- Lower back pain
- Buttock pain
- Numbness and tingling in the leg and foot
- Sharp, shooting pain into the foot
- Weakness in the muscles of the lower leg
- Pain that’s worse with bending forward or side to side
- Pain that’s worse when coughing, sneezing, or using the restroom
In most cases, sciatic pain occurs on only one side of the body. Severe cases — especially those with large disc herniations — may result in pain on both sides of your lower body.
Conditions that can cause sciatica symptoms include:
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Degenerative joint disease
- Facet arthropathy
- Spinal stenosis
- Disc herniations
Most cases of sciatica are related to muscles placing pressure on the sciatic nerve. Lifestyle factors are often implicated in muscle tension issues that cause sciatica, including obesity, pregnancy, prolonged sitting, and poor posture.
Structural issues — including arthritis and herniated discs — are more likely to cause chronic sciatic pain and require dedicated intervention from Dr. Cook in order to reduce your symptoms and improve the health of your back, whenever possible.
Whether your sciatic pain is caused by muscle tension or a structural issue, Dr. Cook uses his findings from your exam and X-rays to identify the cause of your pain and develop a personalized treatment strategy to help you.
Common types of treatments for sciatica include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Soft tissue therapy, including massage therapy
- Therapeutic exercises
- Postural training
- Lifestyle modifications
- Electrical nerve stimulation
Dr. Cook may recommend some or all of these treatments, depending on the root cause of your condition. He works with you throughout your treatment to alleviate your discomfort and remedy the underlying cause of your discomfort.
Set up a sciatica consultation today by calling Brave Roots Chiropractic or booking online.
If you are serious about turning this problem around, and avoiding surgery, call our team at Brave Roots Chiropractic: Steve Cook, DC in Fort Collins today. We are here to answer any questions you have and we look forward to meeting you soon.
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