Chiropractor For Sciatica Pain Relief
Sciatica pain originates in the lower back and radiates down one or both legs. The pain may be intense. moderate. or minimal. and occasional. frequent. or constant. Physicians term sciatica as a radiating or referred pain, or as neuralgia. This pain is often dull, achy, sharp. or even similar to an electric shock.
Causes of Sciatica Pain Sciatica pain
is not a disorder, but a symptom of compression of the sciatic nerve. The most common causes are spinal disorders due to:
- partial dislocation of a vertebra in the lumbar spine
- herniated or bulging discs
- postural problems
- sitting on one’s back pocket wallet.
Sciatica pain may sometimes be due to certain non-spinal conditions such as diabetes and chronic constipation and pregnancy, childbirth, infections or tumors. Piriformis syndrome also causes pain similar to sciatica. The Piriformis muscle in the lower spinal region and connects to the thigh. It is crucial for the rotation of the hips. When this muscle shortens or spasms due to an injury, hip arthritis, or difference in leg length, it pinches the sciatic nerve. The pinched nerve causes pain, numbness and tingling in the buttocks and along the path of the sciatic nerve.
Treatment of Sciatica Pain
Conventional sciatic nerve treatment involves symptomatic pain relief through non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and/or muscle relaxants. The problem is that the pain is caused due to the pinched nerve, and medications cannot correct that. Surgery may lead to irreversible changes in the disc or bones. Another problem is presented by the fact that sciatica pain gets worse with bed rest. Chiropractic manipulations play an important role in alternative treatment modalities. Even in conventional treatments of sciatica pain, the initial step is stretching exercises, massage and avoidance of activities that add to the pain.
Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatica
Pain Chiropractic treatment of the pinched sciatic nerve is based on the scientific principle that the cause of the pain is the restricted spinal movement due to reduced functionality and performance. Chiropractic care is drug-free and non-invasive, which means that there is no risk of side effects. A chiropractor employs various methods for treating sciatica pain. The most common and effective among them is spinal manipulation of the dislocations that have occurred in the patient’s body. This involves an application of gentle and minimal pressure, or fast high velocity thrusts to restore the position of the misaligned vertebrae in the spinal column. In addition, a chiropractor may employ cold therapy and/or heat from the ultrasound. Cold therapy is an effective way of reducing inflammation and pain relief. Heat produced from gentle sound waves from an ultrasound increases circulation and reduces muscle spasms.
It is important that you get chiropractic care from a qualified chiropractor. Chiropractic practitioners undergo training in colleges where techniques of treating partial dislocation of joints or organs are taught.
Like all alternative therapies, chiropractic care is also based on the self-healing capacity of the body. Chiropractic care does not seek to cure but instead helps to restore the spine to its original position so that the herniated disc does not compress the sciatic nerve.
A qualified chiropractor will refer you to another sciatic nerve treatment if the condition is not within the scope of chiropractic care. Sciatic Nerve Treatment and Chiropractic Manipulations Sciatica pain originates in the lower back and radiates down one or both legs. The pain may be intense, moderate, or minimal, and occasional, frequent, or constant. Physicians term sciatica as a radiating or referred pain, or as neuralgia. This pain is often dull, achy, sharp, or even similar to an electric shock.