Sciatica is nobody’s friend. The pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness that accompany it can make life unbearable – but there is hope. Learn more about this condition and how to find relief in the FAQs answered by Dr. Goozdich and the team at Tukee Lifestyle Chiropractic in the Foothills of Arizona.
Is sciatica a hereditary condition?
Experiencing sciatica is not hereditary, although some of the risk factors can be hereditary. For example, medical conditions like diabetes that often run in families can lead to sciatica. Other risk factors, such as poor posture, misalignment, injuries, and being overweight are not hereditary.
What is the treatment for sciatica?
The most natural and effective method for treating sciatica is to relieve sciatic nerve compression. Spinal decompression therapy is also helpful, as it gently stretches the spine and pulls discs back into their proper place.
Other treatment techniques and lifestyle recommendations will be made according to the root cause of your sciatic nerve pain. For example, if poor posture is at fault, our chiropractor will help you correct your posture. If weight is the root cause, a holistic approach to weight loss will be reccomended.
How can I ease sciatica symptoms at home?
Alternating between ice and heat therapy can help reduce inflammation, ease spasms, and improve blood flow. Gentle stretches and movement can go a long way to reducing symptoms as well as speeding up recovery. If you sit for work, be sure that you set a timer to move, check your posture, and adjust your position about every 15 minutes. Also, take breaks in between tasks.
Is there anything I should avoid with sciatica?
While you are recovering from sciatica, be careful with your spine. Too much twisting and heavy lifting can worsen your condition. Sitting for a long time is also not helpful. Pay close attention to your body and be slow with your movements. Don’t bend or move too quickly – instead, ease into everything. And if at any point you find that a specific action or position triggers your symptoms, avoid them.
Experience Sciatica Relief With Your Chiropractor in the Foothills of Arizona
Do you have another FAQ about sciatica or are you ready to begin your journey to healing? Dr. Goozdich and our team at Tukee Lifestyle Chiropractic in Ahwatukee, AZ, has your back. Call (480) 912-4040 to schedule your appointment.