Sciatica Pain Treatment
TREATMENT FOR SCIATIC NERVE PAIN (SCIATICA)
Have you ever felt shooting pain in your lower back that gets worse when you sit down? The term sciatica refers to pain from a compromised sciatic nerve, which runs down your legs. Sciatica means pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.
Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body. However, there are also rare cases of bilateral sciatica occurring in both legs. Patients with sciatic neuralgia respond very well to chiropractic treatment.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica means pain due to pressure on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve starts from the dorsal part of the spinal cord to end in the feet. The pain appears along the leg when the sciatic is pinched or affected.
It usually appears on only one side of the body and can be caused by sciatic neuritis or any lumbar spine radiculopathy.
LONG TERM PROBLEMS DUE TO IGNORING SCIATICA
The problems of ignoring sciatica are not directly related to the pain but are more connected to the pinched nerve’s cause. If ignored, sciatica can worsen a herniated disc or lead to lumbar radiculopathy or spinal stenosis.
In some cases, the leg’s weakening and tingling can worsen to the extent of limiting its function or affecting nearby tissues such as the bladder or bowel.
CAUSES OF SCIATICA
The main cause of sciatica is sciatic nerve compression. And typically, sciatic pain areas are in the lower back, buttocks, hip, and lower extremities.
However, there are also many other sciatica causes like degenerative disc disease, bone spur, neuropathy, or poor posture (muscular imbalance) causing muscle contracture. Even obesity, a blood clot, or tumors that compress the sciatic nerve can trigger sciatica.
SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA
The common sciatica pain symptoms are:
- Lower back pain
- Burning or tingling sensation in the leg
- Weakness, numbness, and difficulty moving the leg or foot
- Radiating pain only in one side and in both legs in rare cases
- Pain in the rear or leg gets worse while sitting
The leg pain is different from person to person, can be mild or very strong, and feel like an electric shock. Though piriformis syndrome has symptoms similar to sciatica, their underlying causes are different.
TEMPORARY PAIN RELIEF
Sciatica is more a consequence of a condition than a disease itself, so the treatment aims to cure the underlying cause.
However, there are ways to help relieve pain while planning your chiropractic treatment.
- Rest during the first three days
- Physical activity on the fourth day, such as walking or exercises to strengthen the lower back
- Alternating heat and cold therapy 3 to 4 times per day
- Over-the-counter medication and ointments as directed on the packaging
SCIATICA TREATMENT IN MURFREESBORO
It is important to seek help for sciatica treatment if the pain worsens. There are many treatment options, and the choice depends on the underlying cause of sciatica. So it is important to get a proper diagnosis.
The common treatment options for sciatic neuralgia are:
- Supportive care: Ice & heat packs
- Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, analgesic, muscle relaxant, steroid, and nerve pain medication
- Self-care: Ice packs and gentle stretching at home
- Therapies: Drug-free non-invasive chiropractic treatments, techniques like stretching, massage, and acupuncture
- Medical procedure: Epidural steroid injection, pain medication, physical therapy
- Other Therapy (surgeries): Laminectomy, Laminotomy, Microdiscectomy
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR SCIATICA
Chiropractic care focuses not only on relieving your pain but also on improving the health of the tissues near the pinched nerve. It balances the muscles of the spine and pelvis and decreases the pressure between discs, muscles, and ligaments to leave the sciatic nerve free and unpinched.
We use spinal adjustments to treat sciatica (spinal adjustments put gentle pressure on the spinal joints). In some cases, we may also use ultrasound and transcutaneous nerve stimulation.
HOW REVOLUTION HEALTH CENTER CAN HELP
Dr. Oscar Noriega DC of Revolution Health Center’s highly qualified healthcare team can help provide new and effective sciatica treatments, including chiropractic adjustments. We offer a recommended, comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to evaluating and treating patients with sciatica.
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How do we treat SCIATICA?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Sciatica/Pinched Nerve
Chiropractic is non-invasive, natural, and does not compare to the cost of surgery. Chiropractic treats the cause of the issue and seeks the real problem to solve it. If the actual cause is a subluxation, chiropractors adjust the spine and pelvis to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve.
The core of our program is 3 parts:
- Chiropractic adjustments to remove interference in the nervous system.
- Learning lifestyle modification to break bad habits ie. poor posture, poor diet etc.
- Strengthening important muscles to avoid future setbacks.
Chiropractic adjustments, lower back massages, exercises to strengthen the lower back, and hot or cold packs are some of the options for managing sciatica.
Recovery from sciatica depends on its seriousness, and most people heal without problems. Early intervention is the best way to prevent long term problems.
Rest, stretching, and walking helps to recover from sciatica. As the pain subsides you may begin exercises that strengthen the lower back and the hamstrings. Walking for twenty or thirty minutes each day can help you regain the muscle strength lost from bedrest.
Bad posture and spending a lot of time in a chair is one of the causes of sciatica. So yes, sitting for many hours can pinch the sciatic nerve and result in sciatica. Sciatica is often unilateral but can also be bilateral and involve the buttocks, posterior thigh, and hamstring.
Sleeping on your side is the best way for sciatic patients to sleep because it can release some of the pressure on the nerve. You can also place a pillow between your thighs or sleep on your back while raising your knees.
You should not run, lift, or pick up heavy objects, nor should you spend much time in a chair or drive long distances if you suffer from sciatica. Try to relax, rest, put on cold packs, and then heat and wait while the pain passes.
Treatment for sciatica is typically covered by health insurance. Each health insurance is different and has specific coverage. Our office will assist you in contacting your insurance provider to find out about your health coverage.