Chiropractor for Pregnancy Sciatica
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Pregnancy Sciatica Treatment Options
If you’re pregnant and experience a shooting pain that starts in your lower back and shoots down to your leg, it may be sciatica, sciatic nerve interference or sometimes muscle weakness.
While sciatica is most common in the third trimester, it can occur at any stage during your pregnancy.
In this article, you can read more about pregnancy sciatica and the different treatment options available to you.
What causes sciatica in pregnancy?
Sciatica in pregnancy is typically caused when your growing baby and expanding uterus push up against your sciatic nerve. This may compress the sciatic nerve or place pressure on the nerve, which can cause inflammation, irritation, and pain.
Other causes of sciatica and sciatic nerve pain:
- Bone spurs
- Vertebrae fracture or trauma injury
- Piriformis syndrome
- Lumbar herniated disc
- Direct compression of the sciatic nerve
- Tissue degeneration
- Spinal stenosis
The above-mentioned conditions may place pressure on the sciatic nerve or compress the nerve resulting in sciatica, and may be amplified during pregnancy.
Pregnancy sciatica symptoms
Sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy can vary from mild to severe. Along with the pain and discomfort, women may also experience tingling or numbness in the leg and foot as a result of the irritation.
Standing or sitting for a long time may also exacerbate the pain and discomfort.
Sciatica pain relief in pregnancy
There are a few approaches to help relieve sciatica in pregnancy including chiropractic care, soft tissue massage, modified stretches, applying heat and other forms of manual therapy and exercise.
Sciatica pregnancy chiropractic treatment
Chiropractic care for sciatica in pregnancy involves relieving pain, increasing joint range of motion, helping to balance posture and improve biomechanics.
If your sciatic nerve is being impacted, we want to try and reduce the interference, which in turn reduces feelings of pain.
Our team of fully qualified and government registered chiropractors can assist you with a variety of treatment options. Our hands-on methods include gentlier and modified adjustment techniques, soft tissue therapy, dry needling, and more.
Additional care options may also include advice on activities and appropriate movement, specific exercises to strengthen important muscle groups, including the lower back and pelvic floor.