Sciatica is a debilitating condition, making simple day to day tasks feel insurmountable and diminishing your quality of life. The pain, which originates in your lower back often travels down your buttocks and legs, can engulf you, leaving you hurt, tired, and feeling overwhelmed. Chiropractic Center therapy can change that, providing natural, proven treatments for sciatica that help you feel whole again. You will find that the best experienced chiropractors work tirelessly to give you back control of your life with the goal of eliminating pain for good.
Understanding Sciatica Definition
The first step to treating sciatica is understanding what it is. By definition, sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, occurs when excessive pressure is put on your sciatic nerve due to irritation or pinching at the root. Pain, numbness, or discomfort often travels along the length of the nerve, which runs from your lower back through your buttocks and down the length of both legs.
Sciatica can present a wide range of symptoms, from radiating pain in the lower back to leg pain and difficulty walking. Most individuals with sciatica experience pain alongside one side of their body and notice their pain intensifies when they sit; in severe cases, symptoms may include loss of bladder and bowel function, which requires immediate medical attention.
The severity of the sciatica, and by extension your pain and discomfort, depends on the cause of the pinched nerve and the severity of the pressure. There are several reasons sciatica can occur, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, and the discomfort associated with it varies from person to person. However, whether mild or severe, the pain has been known to cause distractions and problems with normal daily activities and limit overall mobility.
Sciatica Caused by Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Degenerative Disc Disease - Occurs when the discs start to break down due to age or other mitigating factors
- Herniated Discs - Occurs when the inner portion of the disc breaks through the outer layer
- Spinal Stenosis - Occurs when the spinal canal narrows
- Spondylolisthesis - One vertebra slips forward or backward over another
Sciatica Treatment Options
Our Atlanta chiropractors offer several non-surgical approaches to care for sciatica, including hot and cold therapy, spinal adjustments and corrective exercises. The approach they use for your sciatic nerve pain will depend on where and how your sciatic nerve is being compressed. During your initial consultation, our doctors will get to know you and learn your history to determine if chiropractic care can help alleviate your lower back and leg pain. Using comprehensive diagnostic tools, they will pinpoint the location of the pinched nerve and then recommend a comprehensive program tailored to address the pain at its source.
Hot and Cold Therapy (Heat and Ice)
Hot and cold therapy has proven to be highly effective in treating sciatic pain, reducing inflammation and swelling while increasing circulation in order to help improve the healing process. Alternating heat and ice to numb the nerve and relaxes the surrounding muscles, gradually reducing excess pressure on the nerve.
Some of the questions we get from sciatica patients include the following:
- Do heat or ice work better for sciatica relief?
- What are the best sleep solutions for sciatica?
- Do chiropractic adjustments help? Is there a preferred adjustment technique, such as the Palmer method?
- Can dehydration cause sciatica?
- Do inversion tables help with herniated disc sciatica?
We welcome all your questions. Feel free to ask away during your initial consultation.
Spinal adjustments or manipulations are a sound treatment for those suffering from sciatic pain due to herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. The process involves returning misaligned vertebrae to their proper positions by hand in order to alleviate the pressure on your sciatic nerve and improve the range of motion of your spine.
Your physical fitness and the health of your body plays a major role in your recovery, which is where corrective exercises come into play. Strong core muscles help support the spine, which results in fewer subluxations and lower levels of back pain. Performing targeted exercises and stretches can help strengthen weak core muscles, improving mobility and flexibility. When you experience severe pain, we may suggest specific stretches and exercises to help reduce the extra pressure on your nerves, which may help relieve your pain.
Sciatica Care and Therapy
When you experience back pain from a pinched nerve, it can interfere with your health and your lifestyle. By treating the underlying problems and not just the symptoms using natural strategies and solutions, you can avoid complicated treatments and help your body recover. Depending on the severity and causes of your sciatic nerve pain, we may recommend one or more treatment options. We personalize a sciatica treatment plan for each patient to achieve the best results. Most individuals feel some relief after their first session, but it may take several weeks of sessions before your pain has significantly improved.
For more information about our treatment strategies or to set up an appointment with a professional chiropractor, call or contact us today.