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Sciatica FAQ

When you notice pain in your back, you want to address the causes of the discomfort in Lindenhurst IL. Depending on the situation, a chiropractic professional at Natural Care Chiropractic offers a solution to help with your goals. By understanding the signs and symptoms of sciatica, you can determine when to seek treatment and start your recovery goals.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to a pinched nerve in your lower back. Pressure on the sciatic nerve or an injury to the area may cause discomfort and pain over time. Depending on your symptoms and situation, a chiropractor may recommend different treatment strategies.

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

The symptoms of sciatica depend on the severity of the pinched nerve or the amount of pressure from a bulging disc. Generally, you will notice tingling, numbness or pain in your lower back and the upper portion of your legs. It may radiate down your legs and the symptoms generally worsen when you change your position, such as standing up or sitting down.

What Causes Sciatica?

The underlying causes of sciatica vary based on your situation. It may stem from an accident or an injury in a car crash. It may also relate to poor posture or staying in a similar position for an extended period, such as sitting at a desk throughout the day and slouching at various times. Generally, it relates to a bulging or herniated disc, but it may also stem from an injury or degenerative disc disease. The specific causes vary between individuals and a chiropractor in Lindenhurst may recommend different treatments after identifying the reasons for your discomfort.

How Does a Chiropractor in Lindenhurst Help?

The way a chiropractor in Lindenhurst helps with your symptoms and goals may vary. Generally, chiropractic care focuses on improving the alignment and function of your spine. The gentle pressure and movements of your spine encourage the pressure in your lower back to reduce, which allows your back to heal.

We may also provide tools to help with posture and your normal activities. Since slouching and poor posture may contribute to the symptoms or even directly add pressure to the sciatic nerve, we may use chiropractic techniques to adjust your spine and teach proper posture while standing, sitting or engaging in activities. In cases related to an injury, we may also recommend stretches and exercises to encourage healing and help your body recover.

When Should I Seek Treatment?

Seeking treatment is a personal decision, but you generally want to consider help if you have a persistent tingling, numbness or pain in your body. We also recommend treatment if you notice lower back pain after an accident and injury. We may also suggest treatment if you notice the discomfort while sitting or standing for extended times, since it may relate to your posture.

Treating sciatica depends on your situation and the reasons for your discomfort. To learn more about the causes of the discomfort or for an appointment, call 847-265-0600 today.

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