Sciatica is described as pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which starts at the lower back and runs through the hips and buttocks down each leg. In most cases, sciatica affects just one side of the body. Anyone who has ever dealt with sciatica knows just how uncomfortable and debilitating it can be. It is usually the result of a herniated disc, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine, which compresses parts of the nerve. This compression leads to inflammation, pain, and even numbness all the way down the leg.
People who suffer from sciatica often feel hopeless and unsure where to turn. While mild sciatica goes away over time, in many cases medical attention is necessary. Here is a look at some of the more severe symptoms associated with sciatica:
- Sudden, severe pain in the low back or leg
- Numbness or muscle weakness in the leg
- Pain following a serious injury, such as a car accident
- Trouble controlling your bladder or bowels
These symptoms may show up out of nowhere or gradually appear over time. Some common risk factors of sciatica are:
- Occupation (a job that requires twisting, carrying heavy loads, or driving a vehicle for a long period of time)
- Prolonged sitting
Can a Chiropractor Help with Sciatica?
The good news for those suffering from sciatica is that yes, a chiropractor can help. Because sciatica is usually caused by sciatic nerve compression or an inflamed muscle, many techniques performed at our DFW pain management clinics have proven to be quite successful in treating this type of pain. The idea behind chiropractic treatment is to support the body and help it heal itself. It is a non-invasive treatment that works to improve the function and performance of the spine. The exact type of chiropractic therapy used to treat sciatica will depend on the patient and the cause of the discomfort.
Our patients have experienced relief from sciatic nerve pain with the help of ice/cold therapies, ultrasounds, and spinal adjustments. Spinal manipulation or adjustments are the core of chiropractic care, as it can free restricted movement of the spine and help to restore any misaligned vertebrae within the spinal column. With this in mind, chiropractic adjustment can definitely treat the source of your sciatica.
How much relief a patient experiences will depend on the individual. For some, relief is only temporary, whereas others experience relief for days or even weeks. It is important to note that chiropractic adjustments on their own may not completely treat sciatica. Exercising regularly, maintaining proper posture when you sit, and using good body mechanics will all help. To learn more about how chiropractic care may be able to treat your sciatica, please contact Premier Injury Clinics of DFW.