Sciatica

Blackwell Chiropractic

Graham Robson, DC

Chiropractor located in Park Cities, Dallas, TX

Sciatica is a form of back pain caused by the sciatic nerve that starts in your lower back and runs down both legs. Graham Robson, DC, of Blackwell Chiropractic serving the Park Cities and University Park neighborhoods of Dallas, has extensive experience helping patients with sciatica. If you want relief from sciatica pain, just come on into the practice. You can also book an appointment online or over the phone.

Sciatica Q & A

What symptoms are typical of sciatica?

The key symptom that’s associated with sciatica is a shooting pain travels from your back, through your hip, and into one or both legs. You may also experience:

  • Pain in your lower back
  • Pain in your hips
  • Pain in your backside
  • Tingling sensations in one or both legs
  • Problems controlling leg movements
  • Feeling weakness or numbness in one of your legs
  • Pain that gets worse if you sit down

Most often, sciatica is felt in one side of the body rather than both, and pain may extend right down to the foot in some cases. Pain levels can vary from patient to patient, from mild to excruciating. Even if it’s fairly mild, or intermittent, it’s best to get medical treatment to prevent the sciatica worsening.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica starts when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed. Sciatica is caused by problems with the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine. This could be due to muscle spasms in your back or behind, which can press on the nerve. It may also be caused by:

  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal canal narrowing (lumbar spinal stenosis)
  • Vertebrae slipping over other vertebrae (spondylolisthesis)
  • Degenerative conditions affecting spinal discs

Sciatica can be made worse by:

  • Not getting enough exercise
  • Carrying too much weight
  • Sleeping on a poor quality or unsuitable mattress
  • Wearing high heels

If you’re experiencing back pain, an early diagnosis can help prevent the problem from getting worse.

How is sciatica treated?

The key to successful treatment is to realign your spine to relieve the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Dr. Graham uses the Thompson Technique to achieve this. With the Thompson Technique, Dr. Graham manually manipulates your spine while you lay on a drop table. A drop table helps soften adjustments during manual manipulation.

If you suspect you have sciatica, or you’re experiencing any kind of back pain, just come on into Blackwell Chiropractic. You can also book an appointment online or over the phone.