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Posted on 01-01-2016
Sciatica is pain along the sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in the body. It branches off at the lower end of the spinal cord, through the lower back and each side of the pelvis, buttocks, and down the back of the legs all the way to the feet. Sciatica is incredibly painful, but luckily there are forms of sciatica treatment/relief that can help improve quality of life. If you are reading this, it is likely that you or a loved one suffers from sciatica. Chiropractic therapy is drug-free and non-invasive, and is very effective at handling a wide variety of physical ailments. We have a well-established process for treating patients with sciatica.
First, we diagnose the root cause of your sciatica. Sciatica is a symptom in many different disorders, with the end result being pain along the sciatic nerve. If not already established by another doctor, we’ll need to carefully review your medical history, along with a physical and neurological exam. We often use an x-ray, MRI, and/or a CT scan to properly diagnose what is causing the sciatica.
Once the required information is collected, we use the best treatment plan for the situation at hand. We have different chiropractic treatments in order to help reduce or eliminate pain along the sciatic nerve. One of the most common causes of sciatica is compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back. This causes nerve irritation and inflames the area around it, leading to the pain associated with sciatica.
There are several techniques used for sciatica treatment/relief:
- Spinal Adjustments – typically the compression of the sciatic nerve is due to misalignment with the spine. Adjusting the alignment of the body is what chiropractic therapy excels at. By setting the spine into its proper position, it relieves the pressure and pinching of the sciatic nerve. Body alignment is the core technique for chiropractic therapy, and is safe and proven to help with pain-relief.
- Hot & Cold Therapy – this is used to reduce inflammation and loosen up the surrounding muscles to help reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve.
- Ultrasound – gradual, gentle heat that increases circulation, reduces muscle spasms, inflammation, stiffness, cramping, and pain.
- Exercise & Physical Therapy – we will teach you important, easy-to-do exercises that will strengthen your back, legs, hips, and other core muscles. This relieves pressure from the sciatic nerve and helps prevent future injuries.
We treat our patients as the individuals they are, focusing on the issue at hand. Our main mission is to make you comfortable and provide pain relief.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact us and we’d be more than happy to help you!
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