Few people who have experienced the pain of sciatica ever forget about it.
Caused by an impingement of the sciatic nerve, this memorable discomfort can make it incredibly difficult to sit, stand, walk and accomplish everyday tasks.
Fortunately, chiropractic treatment can often offer welcome relief.
The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the buttock and down the leg.
When something compresses this nerve, the result is sciatica.
The pain caused by this condition can be intermittent or constant. Some people experience a dull ache or numbness. Others are tormented by stinging, shocking bursts or the biting burn of pins and needles.
The key to understanding sciatica is the realization that this condition is actually a symptom.
Various disorders can compress the sciatic nerve, including misalignments of vertebrae in the spine, herniated discs, slipped discs, tumors and muscular issues like piriformis syndrome.
Even pregnancy can trigger a bout of sciatica. Effectively treating sciatica requires addressing the underlying cause.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
Chiropractic care offers a noninvasive, drug-free method of treating sciatica.
After identifying the source of the sciatic nerve compression, a chiropractor will develop a customized treatment plan to address the problem, correct any misalignments or imbalances, and support the body’s inherent ability to heal.
Modalities that are frequently used to treat sciatic include:
- Chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments gently ease vertebrae back into their proper positions, reducing nerve irritability, muscle spasms and discomfort.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation therapy. Perhaps better known as TENS therapy, this uses a device to send electrical currents through the muscles to reduce spasms and spur the release of natural painkillers called endorphins.
- Ultrasound therapy. Ultrasound treatments gently warm the impacted area to reduce muscle tension, swelling and pain.
- Icing. Icing is often used to reduce inflammation and the pain it causes.
Sciatica can interfere with a person’s ability to work, negatively impact their ability to sleep, and generally make life miserable.
Make an appointment today, if you’re struggling with this painful condition and would like to discover more about how chiropractic treatment can provide relief from sciatica.
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