Yes, the pain caused by sciatica can be treated with chiropractic care. Sciatica is characterized by pain starting in the lower back or buttock that then travels down one or both of your legs. It can be just bothersome or extremely painful, just as it can be occasional or constant.
Some people compare the pain of sciatica as similar to electric shocks or pins and needles. Sciatica is not a disorder or disease. It is a symptom of a disorder. Here’s what you need to know.
The cause of sciatica
Sciatica is usually caused when your sciatic nerve is compressed. This often is not associated with a sudden injury. It happens over time because of misaligned vertebrae, or a herniated disc. Pregnancy can cause sciatica, as can something guys might not even think too much about – sitting on a wallet.
Sciatica is also commonly caused by piriformis syndrome. Your piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine. It connects to your thigh bone and assists in hop rotation. Your sciatic nerve runs under the piriformis muscle, so any problem with the piriformis muscle can pinch the sciatic nerve and cause pain.
How chiropractors help
Your chiropractor first has to determine the cause of the sciatica. Remember that it is a symptom. Once the underlying cause is determined, your chiropractor will work with you to create a solution that’s non-invasive and drug-free. The plan will be to remove the reason for the aggravation of your sciatic nerve.
Treatment may include several approaches. Some – such as ice/cold therapy – might seem simple and unlikely to make a difference. In this case, the ice/cold therapy is extremely helpful because it reduces inflammation and can help to control sciatic pain.
Your chiropractor may also elect to use ultrasound therapy. Gentle heat is created by sound waves, which can penetrate deep into tissues. Ultrasound is a non-invasive therapy that increases blood circulation. It can help the body heal itself, as well as reducing muscle spasms, stiffness, and the pain caused by sciatica.
If it’s determined that your sciatica is a result of misalignment, your chiropractor will work to reduce the pain by adjusting your spine. This manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and restores misaligned vertebrae to their proper position. This can reduce nerve irritability responsible for inflammation and nerve pain. What’s important is that these manipulations aren’t painful – and they can lead to the reduction of pain.
Chiropractic care is a holistic approach. It seeks to treat the cause of pain, rather than the symptoms. The first task in treating sciatica is to understand what’s causing the pain. Use this link to find out when we can see you.