For drug-free and surgery-free relief of lower back and leg pain, sciatica treatment in Plantation at Stumpff Chiropractic may give you the prompt relief you want to restore your quality of life. Involving compression and irritation of sciatic nerve roots, sciatica prevents you from doing the things you love to do, like taking walks, watching TV, or just fixing the evening meal. It can be difficult to stand, sit, walk, or sleep due to the radiating pain and numbness of sciatica.
A sciatica chiropractor at Stumpff Chiropractic performs specific techniques to relieve pressure on nerve endings so that you enjoy pain relief almost immediately. For more information about sciatica treatment, please call our office today at (954) 368-4054.
What Is Sciatica?
Originating in the lower back, the sciatic nerve extends into the buttocks and branches down the back of each leg. Millions of sciatic nerve endings control your lower leg and part of your knee muscles while providing sensation to the soles of your feet, the back of the thighs, and certain areas of the lower leg.
When the sciatic nerve is squeezed or compressed, it cannot function properly. The symptoms of an inflamed sciatic nerve may be temporarily relieved with ibuprofen or prescription pain medication. However, the cause of the inflammation is compression and pain medication does nothing to treat whatever is compressing the nerve.
What Causes Sciatica?
The most common conditions causing sciatica are:
Herniated/slipped disc: bulging or ruptured discs protecting individual vertebrae can put consistent pressure on nerve endings.
Spinal stenosis: aging, osteoporosis, bone spurs, and other disorders may restrict the space within the spinal canal. Since the sciatic nerve and its roots pass through the spinal canal, narrowing of this opening can compress the nerve and produce symptoms of sciatica.
Spondylolisthesis: slippage of lower back vertebrae severe enough to compress nerves is commonly due to aging, injury, or osteoporosis. Degenerative spondylolisthesis is often diagnosed in people over 50 as discs lose their flexibility and allow vertebrae to shift.
Other causes of sciatica include obesity, sitting too much, diabetes, and having occupations that involve heavy lifting.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Contact Stumpff Chiropractic to schedule an appointment for sciatica treatment in Plantation if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Pain that worsens when you sneeze, cough, or sit for an extended time
- Pain that varies in intensity--from a mild, nagging ache to a sharp, burning sensation or searing pain that feels like an electric jolt.
- Muscle weakness, tingling, and numbness frequently coexist with pain. One area of your leg could be affected by pain while another is numb and tingling.
- Difficulty standing up from a sitting position
- Difficulty walking due to pain and weakness
When Should You Seek Sciatica Treatment at Stumpff Chiropractic?
Although sciatica may go away after a while, pain often recurs as the condition causing sciatica progresses. Unless they get treatment for sciatica, Plantation residents with symptoms of sciatica could find themselves dealing with worsening pain, muscle weakness, and potentially, the inability to control bowel and bladder activity. Waiting to receive sciatica treatment in Plantation could also increase the need for surgery to remove compression from the sciatic nerve.
How Stumpff Chiropractic Can Help You
Adjustments and chiropractic along with massage are excellent treatments for restoring vertebral alignment and relieving sciatic nerve compression caused by disc disorders. When used in conjunction with adjustments, massage therapy not only alleviates leg and back pain but also helps strengthen muscles by increasing the blood flow to the spine to reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing of irritated nerve endings.
Stumpff Chiropractic offers rapid, short-term pain relief to let you return to your daily activities as soon as possible. In addition to adjustments and massage therapy, we also offer a variety of evidence-based chiropractic techniques to alleviate many painful musculoskeletal conditions, such as spinal decompression, myofascial release technique (MRT), ultrasound, and electric stimulation therapy.
Meet Dr. Stumpff
Owner and operator of Stumpff Chiropractic, Dr. Stumpff is a board-certified, licensed chiropractic physician registered to work in Florida. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree and has been awarded with the Clinical Excellence Award based on his clinical skills, quality of patient care, and service to the community.
Call Stumpff Chiropractic today at (954) 368-4054 to schedule an appointment or just stop by to meet Dr. Stumpff and learn more about how a sciatica chiropractor addresses nerve pain without drugs or surgery.