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At Advanced Chiropractic Group, our Santa Barbara chiropractor team has more than 30 years of experience serving Santa Barbara, Goleta, and the surrounding areas. We take great pride providing our patients with the highest standard of care available, and we're always accepting new patients in our office. One of the more common conditions we can diagnose, treat, and help manage in our office is that of sciatica.
Sciatica is a condition that is characterized by the compression of the large sciatic nerve, which runs throughout the lower back and into one or both legs. When this nerve becomes compressed, sciatic nerve pain results. This pain tends to be sharp and centralized, and it may radiate throughout the lower back and hips. In some cases, the pain may also extend into the thighs. In addition to pain, some sciatica patients report other symptoms such as muscle weakness and fatigue, numbness or tingling in the legs, and even a burning sensation in the lower back.
Sciatica symptoms can be very debilitating, especially among those who need to spend a lot of time on their feet as part of their job.
The causes of sciatica can vary, though many are due to herniated and slipped discs between the vertebrae. When these discs are dislodged, they can press up against nerve endings and cause sciatic nerve pain. Some other potential causes of sciatica include:
If you're experiencing symptoms of sciatica nerve pain, we strongly encourage you to seek chiropractic treatment for sciatica from our experienced professionals. We can begin with a thorough exam and diagnostics to confirm whether or not sciatica is indeed the cause of your pain. From there, we put our "patient-centered" approach to work in determining the best treatment plan to suit your needs.
One of the most common treatments we recommend for patients seeking sciatica relief is that of spinal adjustment therapy, which involves the manual adjustment of your spine to correct alignment problems and conditions such as herniated or bulging discs. This therapy can lead to substantial sciatica relief in as little as a few sessions and will also improve your overall spinal health.
In addition to spinal adjustments, we may also recommend massage therapy and physiotherapy (such as corrective exercises) to help improve spinal strength and range of motion, especially in patients whose sciatica was caused by an injury. Massage therapy will also help improve blood and oxygen flow through the body to promote natural healing processes while relieving pain.
If you're experiencing sciatica symptoms, be sure to schedule your consultation with our Santa Barbra chiropractor sooner rather than later. You can call Advanced Chiropractic Group at 805-681-7322 to find out more about our sciatica treatment options and to schedule your appointment with our experienced and compassionate chiropractic team.