What is sciatica?
Sciatica is the irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve, and this causes pain to radiate from the lower back or buttocks and run down the leg. Sciatica usually only affects one side of the body. This pain can vary from a dull ache to excruciating pain and is usually worsened with coughing and sneezing or sitting for prolonged periods.
What causes sciatica?
The most common causes of sciatica are herniated or bulging lumbar disks, narrowing of the spine, misaligned vertebrae, and injuries around the lumbar spine. All these conditions compress part of the nerve and cause pain and inflammation in the affected side. Pregnancy and childbirth may also irritate the sciatic nerve. Patients often experience periods of numbness and tingling in the area, as well, and may find the muscles feel weaker in the affected leg.
Age-related changes in the spine cause most cases of sciatica, but there are other risk factors. Those who lead sedentary lifestyles and sit for prolonged periods have a higher risk of developing sciatica than those who are active. Obesity increases the stress on your spine and can trigger sciatica, and diabetes increases the risk of nerve damage. Jobs that require you to carry heavy loads, twist your back, or drive for long periods are also sometimes thought to lead to sciatica.
Most cases of sciatica are resolved through a combination of alternative therapies and painkillers. Surgery is only required in very extreme cases where other treatments are not working to relieve the symptoms.
A chiropractor can help correct the spinal conditions causing sciatica and relieve the symptoms. Before treatment, they will need to complete a full assessment to determine the cause of an individual’s case of sciatica, and then they can treat that cause.
Sciatica remedies MI
Chiropractic sciatica remedies are non-invasive without the requirement of medications or surgery.
Spinal manipulation and adjustments are safe and effective in restoring any misalignments in the spine’s vertebrae and will reduce the compression and irritability of the sciatic nerve that’s causing the pain and spasms.
Ice therapy may also be used to reduce inflammation and control the pain experienced.
A TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine applies an electrical current at variable intensities to control pain and help reduce muscle spasms.
Ultrasound applies gentle heat through sound waves. The sound waves can penetrate deep into the tissues, improving circulation and helping to reduce swelling, cramping, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain.
Treatments will vary depending on the patient and the cause of that individual’s sciatica. The chiropractor can assess the patient, diagnosing the cause and advising of the best treatments and remedies for them. All chiropractic treatments are painless and effective in treating sciatic nerve pain.