When you suddenly start feeling lower back pain and/or hip pain that radiates towards the back of your thigh and into your leg, you possibly have a protruding herniated disc in your spinal column that may be pressing on the nerve roots in the lumbar spine. This condition is called sciatica.
People with sciatica may experience a bad leg cramp, with pain that is described as sharp (“knife-like”), or electrical. The cramp may last for weeks before it subsides. You may have pain, particularly when you move, sneeze, or cough, which can be accompanied weakness, “pins and needles” numbness, or a burning or tingling sensation down your leg.
• It is most common to get sciatica from the ages of 30 to 50 years.
• It can result from the general wear and tear of aging, in addition to any sudden pressure on the discs that cushion the bones (vertebrae) of your lower spine.
• A herniated disc most frequently causes sciatica. This herniated disc may press directly on the nerve roots that refer to the sciatic nerve.
• Nerve roots may also get inflamed and irritated by chemicals from the disc’s nucleus.
Chiropractic treatment methods are aimed towards assisting you to manage your pain without long-term use of medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or muscle relaxants may help but should be limited. Furthermore, some find it calming to place gentle cold or heat interchangeably on your painful muscles. It is essential that you continue to keep moving and do not to stay in bed, as a lot of rest may cause pooling of inflammation and may result in other areas of the body to feel discomfort.
Find comfortable positions, but be as active as you can as motion helps to minimise inflammation. As soon as possible your chiropractor will start physical therapy and when deemed appropriate will start stretching exercises to help you resume your regular activities without sciatic nerve pain. Your chiropractor may want you to take short walks as well. Most of the time, your condition will get better within a few weeks with proper chiropractic treatment.
Sciatica Rehabilitation Treatment
• Your chiropractor will prescribe tailored exercises to strengthen your back.
• It is essential to walk and move while limiting a lot of bending or twisting.
• You are encouraged to carry out household tasks including cooking and cleaning.
• After adhering to treatment for sciatica, you will be able to resume your normal lifestyle and keep your pain under control. However, there is always a chance for your disc to be irritated again so it is vital you manage sciatica correctly.