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How Chiropractors Accurately Diagnose the Cause of Your Sciatica

Written By Smith Chiropractic on May 21, 2021

Sciatica TreatmentIn order to effectively treat sciatica, not only does the diagnosis have to be accurate, your doctor needs to identify what part of your body is triggering it. There are many causes, all of them compressing nerves one way or another.

Dr. Ammon Jacobson of Smith Chiropractic in Colorado Springs has been accurately identifying the cause of his patients’ sciatica symptoms for well over a decade. Dr. Jacobson works with your body to help it heal itself, including enabling your body to take pressure off your sciatic nerve and eliminate pain.

The 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. It’s the heartburn of your spine.

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.

Treat Your Headaches in Colorado Springs

Dr. Jacobson offers a fresh and energetic approach to treatment and care. He continually expands his clinical knowledge to provide the best treatment available to his patients. Dr. Jacobson aims for correction and works to truly return patients to daily functionality and an increased quality of life.

He believes in encouraging his patients to lead active lifestyles and to participate in their own care. It is his belief that health is cumulative, and that both the physician and patient have to work together to accomplish and maintain health.

Have questions or need to schedule an appointment? Call Smith Chiropractic at (719) 390-5404 or go online and fill out our contact form.

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