Everything You Need to Know About Sciatica
Sciatica is caused by compression or irritation of one or more of the five sets of nerve roots in the lower back. It’s not a condition so much as it is a collection of painful symptoms.
At Dr. David Wren Chiropractic & Sports Injury in the Albany area, we get to the root of what’s causing your sciatica. Studies show there are six common health conditions that cause sciatica.
6 Most Common Cause of Sciatica
Bulging/Herniated Disc - A bulging disc is one that’s sagged out of place. A herniated disc has a hole or tear in it. Data shows that up to 90% of sciatica cases are due to a herniated disc. It puts pressure on the sciatic nerve and further irritates it with the release of hyaluronic acid.
Spinal Stenosis - This is a condition where the spinal canal encasing your spinal cord becomes narrowed for one reason or another. The most common reasons are injury, bone spurs, and thickening of ligaments holding the spine together.
Spondylolisthesis - This is a disorder where one vertebra slips forward over another. You’re either born with it or it’s triggered by spinal degeneration, physical stress, or physical trauma.
Injury - The spine is meant to withstand some punishment but it’s not impervious to harm. The most common forms of injury that trigger sciatica are car accidents, high impact sports, and falling. And if a bone breaks around the spine, the shard can compress nerves, too.
Piriformis syndrome - This is when a muscle in your hip region squeezes your sciatic nerve due to spasms.
Spinal Tumor - Cancerous or not, their presence can compress nerves. Thankfully, they’re fairly rare.
Get Chiropractic Care for Sciatica in Albany
The doctors at Dr. Wren Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center will care for you without having to resort to prescription drugs or surgery. Dr. Wren has post-graduate training in sports injuries and rehabilitation, soft tissue injury, and workers compensation. He was nominated for Chiropractor of the Year in 2002 and still successfully helps sciatica sufferers find relief to this day.
Have questions or need to schedule an appointment? Give us a call at (229) 883-0042. We’re happy to help.