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Spinal Decompression and Sciatica Relief for Council Bluffs

When you think of the word “sciatica,” you might imagine a painful condition. In reality, sciatica is just a symptom of an ailment. If you’ve experienced it, you know what it involves: a pain that starts in the low back, radiates to the buttock and into the back of the leg. The pain can be mild to excruciating. You may also have muscle weakness, numbness or a feeling of pins and needles.

The Cause of Sciatic Pain

Treatment room at Total Care ChiropracticThe sciatic nerve branches off the spinal cord in the lower back. It extends down the length of each leg to the toes of each foot. It’s the largest and longest nerve in the body formed from five separate nerves that, in places, is as big in diameter as your thumb.

Most often, sciatica occurs when a nerve root in the lower spine is compressed. It usually occurs as a result of a herniated disc or other conditions that put pressure on the sciatic nerve, such as:

  • Spinal stenosis – A narrowing of the spinal canal that places pressure on nerves in the lumbar region.
  • Piriformis syndrome – A tightness in the piriformis muscle, which runs directly above the nerve into both legs, that exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Spondylolisthesis – A condition that often results from degenerative disc disease where one vertebra slips out of place, slightly forward over another vertebra. In turn, it pinches the sciatic nerve at the place where it exits from the spinal cord.
  • Tumors – Can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerve endings, causing the pain associated with sciatica.
  • Trauma – Auto accidents, slips or falls that injure the roots of the sciatic nerve can cause pain.

It typically worsens with periods of sitting or standing or when coughing and sneezing.

How to Deal With Sciatica

So, once you have sciatica, what can you do? Although some health care professionals may suggest cold or hot packs and bed rest initially, staying in bed doesn’t address the problem. In fact, inactivity could actually worsen the pain, so try to keep up with normal daily activities. Pain medications and over-the-counter drugs may offer limited pain relief but often not without side effects and they do nothing to relieve the cause of the pain.

In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Woods provides spinal decompression to address sciatic pain and disc issues. Our Rapid Release Technique is an additional tools that can eliminate adhesions in the muscles to lessen your symptoms immediately.

Solutions for Lumbar Disc Bulges

Pills or muscle relaxers can’t correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc. Sciatica is a distracting pain that begins in the lower back and extends down the back of one or both legs. Muscle weakness, numbness or tingling sensation in the legs can result when the sciatic nerve is compromised or compressed in some way. The discs between the spinal bones of the lower back are common culprits.

An Excellent Track Record

We’ve helped numerous people who were suffering from sciatic pain. Let us evaluate your needs and determine if we’re the right place for you. Contact us today for spinal decompression and sciatic relief Council Bluffs!
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