How Our Everett Chiropractor Can Treat Your Sciatic Nerve Pain
Sciatica is a common condition we treat at Dawson Clark Chiropractic. If you tell Dr. Michael Clark you're experiencing low back pain that radiates to the lower extremities, he may suspect a pinched sciatic nerve. Dr. Michael Clark is a licensed chiropractor in Everett, WA, with years of experience treating patients who turn to chiropractic care for drug-free, non-surgical healing.
What Causes Sciatica?
The two sciatic nerves extend from the lower back to the toes. Each nerve passes through the hip, buttock, thigh, leg, and foot on either side of the body. The pain usually stems from the sciatic nerve due to irritation and swelling. Some common underlying causes of nerve irritation are:
- Spinal causes: Lumbar herniated disc, bone spur, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column), and spondylolisthesis (vertebral slipping)
- Non-spinal causes: Injury or trauma to the back or hip from an accident, heavy lifting, pregnancy, or sedentary lifestyle
Common Sciatic Nerve Pain Symptoms
Mild to disabling lower back pain is typically the first sign of a compressed or inflamed nerve. A sharp, burning, or stinging pain may radiate along the path of the nerve to the buttock, hip, thigh, leg, or foot. Numbness, tingling, or weakness may also occur in these body parts. Symptoms are typically restricted to the side of the body linked to the affected nerve, but, in rare cases, can occur on both sides. The pain may worsen with movement, prolonged sitting, or standing.
Treating Sciatica with Chiropractic Care in Everett, WA
Chiropractic care is largely about helping the body heal itself naturally by performing spinal adjustments. Unlike painkillers and other traditional treatments that just treat the symptoms, adjustment targets the underlying cause of sciatic nerve pain. You may experience instant pain relief following the initial adjustment.
Our chiropractor is skilled in various non-invasive techniques, such as the Gonstead method, which he will use to reposition any vertebra that shifted out of alignment. Doing this, lifts the pressure off the herniated disc or compressed nerve and activates the body's natural healing process. Freeing the sciatic nerve eliminates numbness and tingling and restores nervous system functions.
Your personalized wellness plan may include massage therapy and corrective exercises to reduce inflammation, increase range of motion, and shorten healing time. We may also recommend that you eat healthily, take nutritional supplements, and avoid activities that put you at risk of sciatica.
Contact Our Experienced Chiropractor Today!
If you live in Everett, WA, or surrounding areas and have sciatic nerve pain, you're welcome to contact Dawson Clark Chiropractic. We will perform a detailed evaluation to confirm sciatic nerve pain before treating you. Call us at 425-353-8332 to schedule an appointment.