Sciatic nerve pain varies widely from person to person, but is almost universally characterized by extreme discomfort. It can present as intense leg or back pain, can be localized to one side of the body, or can vary from sharp, severe pain to tingling, burning, or numbness. Even certain behaviors may exacerbate symptoms of sciatic nerve pain, including walking, certain exercises, standing for long periods of time, or even lying down, coughing, or sneezing. Fortunately, for sufferers of sciatica, there are chiropractic treatments that can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort associated with this affliction.
Sciatica occurs when the vertebrae pinch, compress, or otherwise restrict a nerve. Depending on the severity of the pressure, which nerve or nerves are affected, and the location of the origin of the problem, this is what causes symptoms to vary so widely from individual to individual. However, almost any person suffering from the symptoms of sciatica can be greatly helped by treatment from a chiropractor.
A common chiropractic treatment for sciatica pain is spinal adjustments. With these, the chiropractor “pops” or “cracks” the back, working with the vertebrae and muscles to relive pressure on the affected nerves. Since sciatica is caused by nerve pressure, this can be an extremely effective treatment of symptoms at the root cause, and can even serve as a curative measure for some cases of sciatica. If you are suffering from sciatica pain, your doctor may recommend pursuing this method of treatment to alleviate symptoms, and then continuing with regular spinal adjustments to help prevent further issues from returning.
Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and ultrasound can also be effective methods for relieving the symptoms of sciatica, although they are primarily used for pain management and relief, and are less curative than spinal adjustments. These methods work by stimulating nerves and muscles in the back to increase circulation and decrease muscles swelling and general inflammation. Although, as mentioned, these are less curative methods, they are highly effective at reducing discomfort related to sciatic, and can be excellent symptom and pain management therapies.
Cold and ice therapy is often helpful to alleviate pain, as well, and your chiropractor may recommend that you ice your back in between treatments of spinal adjustments, TENS, and ultrasound. Overall, this is the least effective curative method, but is excellent for pain management in between doctor’s visits.
If you have persistent pain, tingling, and numbness, and you begin to suspect sciatica is causing this, you should consult with your doctor. Sciatica can be diagnosed with MRI’s and X-rays, and once it has been identified, your doctor may refer you to a chiropractor for treatment options. You should work closely with your physician and chiropractor to determine the most effective treatments and therapies to treat your specific condition and symptoms. Your chiropractor may recommend any one of these therapies to treat sciatica pain, or may suggest that you will benefit from a combination of treatments and therapies to help you manage your symptoms, treat the root cause of your symptoms, and alleviate your sciatica. All in all, chiropractic treatment is a great way to treat nerve pain and sciatica.