Sciatica is a reference to the pain your sciatic nerve experiences when it is in distress. Also called sciatic neuritis, the pain runs down both legs stemming from the lower back. However, sciatica commonly affects only one side of the body and can be caused by a bone spur or herniated disk.
40% of adults 40-50 will experience sciatica in there lifetime, the degrees of this condition will vary from mild not needing treatment, to full treatment with physical therapy or chiropractic care to resolve.
Depending on who you are and what your pain tolerance is, you may have had sciatica and not have known it was sciatica. Some of the symptoms to be aware of are:
- Mild to severe pain starting in your lower back and running down the back of the legs
- Weakness in the legs
- Tingling and numbing of the legs and feet
- Pain in the buttocks
How can we as Chiropractors help with sciatica?
First, we analyze where the source of the pain is coming from, finding issues like a herniated disk, a pinched nerve and other sources. Diagnostic testing includes an x-ray, MRI, CT scan and/or electrodiagnostic tests (nerve conduction velocity, electromyography). These examinations and tests help to detect possible contraindications to spinal adjustments and other chiropractic therapies. Some of our non-evasive, prescription-free, surgery-free treatments include:
- Yoga and Acupuncture
- Massage and biofeedback
- Specific exercise for your core
- Hot and Cold Pack therapy
- Use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Epidural steroid injection
- cold laser or spinal decompression with the DRX-9000.
Patients who suffer from sciatica are best served with an individual treatment plan. Sciatica treatment is very specific to the specific person. It is important to understand that what works for one person may not work for another, even if they have the same back issues.
Some of the benefits of Sciatica Chiropractor treatment are:
- Increase mobility and range of motion
- Decreased swelling and inflammation
- Joint mobility and range
- More flexibility
- Reduced pain
If you feel you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, even if they are mild, you should contact us for a consultation and get updated information. You can also call us direct at (608) 273-2225.