Sciatica Specialist

Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic

Chiropractors & Massage Therapists located in West Hartford, CT

If you have pain located in your lower back that radiates down one leg, or causes a tingling, or numbness in either leg, it’s likely you’re suffering from sciatica. At Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic in West Hartford, Connecticut, Kevin R. Barry, DC. can diagnose sciatica problems and provide all-natural chiropractic treatments to deliver rapid relief. Use the practice’s easy online appointment tool, or call for your appointment with Dr. Barry.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is the name for the symptoms you feel when the sciatic nerve in your back is pinched. When the nerve is pinched it gets inflamed and can cause a variety of painful symptoms. The location of the nerve impingement will determine which symptoms will be felt ranging from sharp to dull pains in your lower back and legs, and even tingling, numbness and pain that can radiate down to your foot. Those symptoms and the degree of your pain will also help Dr. Barry determine the proper treatment to relieve your pain.

Those symptoms and the degree of your pain will also help Dr. Barry determine the proper treatment to relieve your pain.

What can cause sciatica?

Sciatica can affect anyone but there are factors that make it more likely for some people, including:

As you get older your body changes and your spine may have signs of wear and tear. These changes can put pressure on the sciatica nerve due to a herniated disc or weakened discs.

Being overweight:
The more weight you carry around means the more pressure that will be put on your back and your sciatic nerve.

The medical condition diabetes also can contribute to nerve damage and this can affect the sciatic nerve in your back the way it can other nerves.

Lack of exercise:
If you have a sedentary lifestyle where you sit all day at work and then sit at the television or computer when you get home, your sciatic nerve may become irritated from constant pressure on it. If you do have to sit at your job, make sure you get up occasionally and try to add some exercise to your schedule. Your whole body will be better for it.

How does chiropractic treat sciatica?

Sciatica is a prime example of what a spinal manipulation (adjustment) can help. An adjustment to your spine can free the impinged nerve and reduce inflammation that’s causing the pain in your back, buttocks, legs, or even tingling and numbness in your legs.

Other therapies include:

  • Ice or cold therapy: To reduce inflammation and control pain
  • Ultrasound: Uses sound waves that create heat deep into tissues to reduce spasms, swelling, and pain
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation): Variable electrical current stimulation used to reduce muscle spasms and pain

In some cases, sciatica goes away on its own. However, when it doesn’t, it’s important to seek professional intervention. Dr. Barry and his team at Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic can help relieve your sciatic pain and provide any other chiropractic, massage, or rehabilitation treatments you need.