Sciatica In Teen & Young Adults

Sciatica is different from common back pain. With this condition, you might feel pain or uncomfortable nerve sensations that run from your lower back and down one leg, reaching into your calf or foot. Nerve sensations can include numbness, tingling, burning, and muscle weakness. The source of sciatica is nerve compression affecting the sciatic nerve. The key to effective sciatica treatment is to start with an examination. We often see cases of sciatica in active teens and young adults. If you are dealing with sciatica, our team at Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia can help you find relief.

What Is Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is two of the five major nerves in the body. The nerves branch out from the lumbar portion of the spine, pass through the hips and extend down to the feet. When the vertebrae in the lumbar spine get out of alignment, one or more branches of the nerve are compressed and cause irritation and inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments work to properly align the spine by removing compression from the sciatic nerve. In some cases, sciatica is caused by a herniated or slipped disk or narrowing of the spine. Typically, sciatica symptoms will only impact one side of the body.

Sciatica Symptoms

A common symptom of sciatica is pain in the sciatic nerve that runs down the lower back, hips, and buttocks. The intensity of the pain varies with each patient. Swelling, weak muscles, and inflammation are also common symptoms of sciatica. Other symptoms are lower back pain, problems with moving the legs, pain standing up or sitting down, a burning sensation, and discomfort on one side of the buttocks.

How We Can Help

Since younger patients are still growing, it is important to treat their sciatica before conditions negatively affect development. Our chiropractor can help by using gentle manipulation to put your spine back into alignment taking pressure off the nerve. Combining massage therapy with chiropractic treatment is another effective method of relieving sciatica. Chiropractic manipulation puts the vertebrae back into place while massage therapy helps the muscles relax making it easier for you to regain your ability to move freely. We take referrals from primary care physicians and design customized treatment programs for each patient.

Contact Our Team for Help in Philadelphia

Our team at Oxford Rehabilitation Center is ready to help teen and young adult patients in the Philadelphia area manage their sciatica. Offering a combination of chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy, our team will create a customized plan that works best for you. Give us a call or contact us online to schedule your first appointment. Our team is ready to help you find the relief you need from sciatica. 


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