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What Is Sciatica and How Can We Help?

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Each year in the United States, approximately 3 million people experience sciatica, an irritation or injury to the sciatic nerve, a large nerve originating in the pelvis and extending down the leg.

The symptoms can be excruciating—ranging from pain and numbness to muscle weakness. Before sciatica turns into a bigger issue, it’s essential to address it right away. And that starts with finding out why you have the pain.

What Are the Culprits?

In his recent YouTube video, Dr. Quigley discusses the four major causes of sciatica:

Muscle Spasm: A common cause involves muscle spasms triggered by pelvic misalignment or injury. These spasms can compress the sciatic nerve, intensifying the pain.

Spinal Disc Issues: Disc injuries or misalignments can directly pressure the nerves as they exit the spine, resulting in severe sciatica. This type tends to be particularly challenging.

Arthritis: Degeneration of the spinal discs due to arthritis can also contribute to sciatic nerve compression, leading to symptoms.

Stenosis: Advanced arthritis can lead to stenosis, a critical stage where surgical options might become inevitable. However, Dr. Quigley emphasizes the importance of early spine care to prevent stenosis, as surgical interventions for this condition often have limited effectiveness.

The Importance of Proactive Chiropractic Care

With over 30 years of experience and having administered millions of chiropractic spinal adjustments, Dr. Quigley emphasizes the importance of addressing sciatica before it worsens. So, how does chiropractic help?

A misalignment or subluxation in the spine can put pressure on the sciatic nerve which can lead to disk damage causing pain and other symptoms. By correcting these misalignments, our chiropractors can relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve and reduce pain.

Patient Testimonial

Eileen’s transformation from back pain and sciatica.

Take That First Step Toward Relief

At Charles Street Family Chiropractic in Boston, we offer healing help for those seeking relief from their sciatica. Our highly skilled chiropractors are here to help you through natural and non-invasive chiropractic care. Call (617) 720-1992 today to book an appointment!


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