Chiropractic care for Sciatica
If you are suffering from sciatica pain a chiropractor can help. Sciatica is pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. This nerve is the widest and longest single nerve in the body. Pain can be felt as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations
How can a chiropractor help?
Chiropractors are specially trained in assessing and identifying the source of sciatica. Their aim is to assist you in managing your pain without longterm use of medications. Most importantly your chiropractor will identify and investigate the underlying cause by taking a full medical history. Including an examination of the affected area and occasionally x-rays or MRI maybe needed. A treatment plan will then be designed catering to your cause & symptoms.
Sciatica treatment may involve soft tissue therapy to reduce any muscle inflammation or tension, and chiropractic adjustments to realign the vertebra and discs in the spine. Because this spinal adjusting method is so gentle (focusing on gentle pressures at points along the spine where tensions and imbalance may occur) patients are able to receive treatment for their sciatic nerve symptoms without excessive pain or discomfort. The chiropractor may also recommend Sciatica exercises to help improve the motion in the area. These exercises also help to strengthen the back and to reduce painful symptoms.
Most of the time, your condition will get better within a few weeks with chiropractic treatment. It is important that you come as soon as possible for treatment and get a proper diagnosis in order to prevent long-term problems. Our aim is to get you on the path to recovery as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Common Sciatica Symptoms
- Hot pain in the buttock
- Aching in the buttock, back of the thigh (hamstring) and calf
- Leg cramp described as sharp (“knife-like”), or electrical
- Pain in the ankle and foot
- Pins and needles
- Increased pain when lifting, straining or coughing
- Loss of power to the muscles of the leg and foot.
Problems can arise when the sciatic nerve is irritated by mechanical, inflammatory and any other factors. Common causes for sciatica include disc problems, spinal degeneration, spinal stenosis, congenital problems, poor posture and excessive muscle tension in the piriformis muscle. A herniated disc: this is the most frequent cause of sciatica. The herniated disc may press directly on the nerve roots that refer to the sciatic nerve.
- Age: It is more common to get sciatica from the ages of 30 to 50 years.
- General wear and tear:
- Any sudden pressure on the discs that cushion the bones (vertebrae) of your lower spine.
- Chemicals from the disc’s nucleus can inflame the nerve roots.
Rehabilitation for Sciatica
- Your chiropractor will prescribe tailored exercises to strengthen your back.
- It is important to walk and move while limiting a lot of bending or twisting.
- In some cases, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants may help in the initial phase of treatment.
- Placing gentle cold or heat interchangeably on your painful muscles maybe calming.
- Too much rest may cause pooling of inflammation and may result in discomfort in other areas of the body.
Fortunately, sciatica responds to safe, natural chiropractic care. Improving joint motion with a series of chiropractic adjustments has produced results for millions. Many patients report that they can resume their lives and their symptoms disappear without drugs and surgery.
Our chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Med are committed to providing chiropractic solutions to address your unique needs, whether you are experiencing a pinched nerve, bulging disc, back pain, neck pain, headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. You may be searching for pain relief after an accident or suffering from chronic back pain or a spinal condition. Our mission is to help reduce or eliminate pain and to prevent future problems and injury. To improve your quality of life, your well-being and your ability to live and active healthy lifestyle.