Access Chiropractic Center

Chiropractor located in Rock Hill, SC

Sudden or ongoing pain in your lower back, buttocks, and shooting pain or numbness in your legs can be signs of sciatica. To find out what’s causing your symptoms and get relief, see chiropractor Jeffery Muschik, DC, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. As the founder of Access Chiropractic Center, Dr. Muschik brings experience and skill in treating sciatica symptoms so you can get relief as quickly as possible. To set up an appointment, use the online booking tool or call the office today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom that causes numbness and tingling, or sharp, shooting pain down the backs of your legs from your buttocks to your feet. Sciatica can be caused by any condition that puts pressure on or irritates the sciatic nerve in your lower back.

Common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Buttock pain
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Muscle cramping or weakness
  • Decreased coordination of the lower legs

Depending on the severity of your condition, these symptoms may be mild and only felt when you’re doing certain activities, while more moderate and severe cases can cause constant discomfort throughout the length of your leg.

What causes sciatica?

Conditions that can cause sciatica symptoms include:

  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Lumbar facet syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sprains and strains
  • Muscle spasms
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Disc herniations

Inflammation along the sciatic nerve often accompanies sciatica, which can make your discomfort worse. Inflammation can take weeks to resolve on its own, though chiropractic care from Dr. Muschik at Access Chiropractic Center can speed up the process and treat the underlying condition causing your symptoms.

How is sciatica treated?

Depending on the cause of your sciatica, Dr. Muschik at Access Chiropractic Center works with you to relieve pressure, irritation, and inflammation of your sciatic nerve to reduce your symptoms. He treats joint and muscle issues as well as disc herniations to prevent your pain from returning.

Common treatments for sciatica include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Therapeutic exercises and stretches
  • Spinal decompression

Dr. Muschik may use one or more of these treatments to relieve your discomfort as quickly as possible.

How can I prevent sciatica from returning?

Dr. Muschik may recommend various steps you can take at home to prevent your pain from returning, such as:

  • Specific stretches and exercises
  • Practicing proper posture
  • Losing weight, if needed
  • Avoiding sitting with a wallet in your back pocket, which can compress the sciatic nerve
  • Avoiding walking with your toes turned outward, if possible
  • Taking frequent breaks to stand or walk during your workday
  • Strengthening your core muscles

Ice or heat may also be helpful, depending on the cause of your symptoms.

Find relief from sciatica by visiting Access Chiropractic Center, simply call or use the online booking tool to schedule your visit now.