Sciatica is pain and other symptoms that radiate along the sciatic nerve often into the lower back, buttocks, legs, and even the feet. It is typically caused by a herniated or slipped disc or the narrowing of the spine. While teens and young adults are less likely to experience sciatica than older adults, it can occur in active young people. At Oxford Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, our doctors can treat sciatica in active teens and young adults.
The Symptoms of Sciatica
In teens and young adults, this trauma often stems from playing sports or other physical activities, or from lifting heavy objects. The pain associated with sciatica can be sharp and intense. Common symptoms include:
- Lower back pain that radiates down the buttocks and the legs
- Pain that becomes more severe after long periods of standing or sitting still, but is relieved when walking
- Muscle pain and weakness
- A numbness or tingling sensation
- Unexplained fatigue
Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
Left untreated, sciatica can cause complications for patients, especially as they grow older. Chiropractors treat patients of all ages struggling with sciatica, including teens and young adults. Our focus is to create a customized treatment plan based on the root cause of your sciatica, not just the pain you are feeling.
Common practices for treating sciatica in teens and young adults include:
- Spinal manipulations: this is the most important part of chiropractic care. Manipulations help to align the spine properly and free up the spine’s movement. This helps to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
- Hot and cold therapy to reduce nerve inflammation.
- Training the patient with at-home stretches and exercises will ensure your treatments are as effective as possible.
- Deep tissue massage therapy can relieve the lower back pain often caused by sciatica.
It is also important that when you are dealing with sciatica that you rest as much as possible. Resting is a task that can often be difficult for active teens and young adults.
Are You Struggling With Sciatica in Philadelphia?
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of sciatica, we highly recommend setting up an appointment with one of our chiropractors. We can provide effective pain relief and assist the recovery process to treat not just the symptoms, but the root cause of the condition. Call our team at Oxford Rehabilitation Center today at 215-725-2000 to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors.