Chiropractic Care For Sciatica Pain Relief
Lower back pain is one of the most common and debilitating conditions chiropractors treat, and for some people, that pain is attributed to a pinched sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down to the back of the legs, and sciatica pain is often identified by feeling more uncomfortable sitting than standing, burning down the leg to the toes, a sharp pain that makes it difficult to stand, or a constant ache in lower back or backside.
While the causes of sciatica may vary from person to person, there are certain customized approaches to treatment that may help resolve the discomfort and relieve pain.
Can A Chiropractor Help Sciatic Nerve Pain?
The pain from sciatica can be so severe that walking or even sitting at your desk feels excruciating. Often triggered by degenerating discs pressing on the nerve or a herniated disc; damage to the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine aggravate the nerve inflaming the surrounding muscles and tissue, but that is often not the whole picture.
Sciatica is questionable as a diagnosis in cases of sciatic pain- it describes the symptom without really defining the problem. A sciatica is almost always an entrapment disorder and the sciatic nerve runs a long course whereupon there are many sites of possible entrapment. To further complicate the matter, we must recognize the nature of nerve entrapment s and the results of the summation of multiple entrapments. Points of limited nerve compression which along would yield no symptom can result in a summation that yields considerable symptoms- a phenomenon we call double crush.
So what can a chiropractor do to help?
By realigning the spine though mild, natural adjustment techniques, a chiropractor can help sciatic nerve pain by removing pressure from the nerve itself. Sciatica is often caused by nerve compression, and restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced mobility and performance.
Spinal adjustments help to reduce the nerve irritability that triggers inflammation, muscle spasms, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. Adjustments should not be painful and spinal manipulation is proven to be safe and effective.
In addition to relieving pressure from the nerves through various adjustment techniques, chiropractic care for sciatica often includes strategically targeted electrical nerve stimulation that helps to reduce muscle spasms, stiffness, pain, cramping, and swelling.
Does Sciatica Go Away?
For some patients, short-term relief may be immediate. If a person has been living with sciatica for a long time, it may take several chiropractic treatments to achieve long-term relief. While many cases of sciatica resolve within a few weeks, it can take several months of treatment for others.
In addition to the treatment you’ll receive in our office, we make it point to ensure patients are well equipped to continue promoting healing between visits. This can include individually taught exercise therapy and instructions on how to continue caring for your body’s condition from the comfort of your home.
Sciatica Treatment Options At Grovetown Chiropractic
Chiropractic care for sciatica is about getting to the root cause of the pain rather than adjusting the symptoms. By visiting a chiropractor, you can hope to help heal the misaligned elements of the spine causing sciatic pain in the first place.
In addition to physical adjustments and exercise therapy, we use heat and ice therapy, electrical nerve stimulations, and various degrees of lumbar traction to treat sciatic nerve pain.
These treatments are typical when a patient has sciatica, but how and why they’re used is specific to every patient and their condition. Chiropractic care brings many benefits to a person’s total health with a holistic, drug-free approach that benefits people in ways other doctors do not.
At Grovetown Chiropractic, every approach to treatment is customized to your body and condition to maximize pain relief in the most natural and effective way. Book your appointment today by calling 706-400-4333 or schedule directly from our website by visiting the home page.