What is Sciatica, and Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Lower back, buttock and posterior leg pain is often referred to as sciatica. These pains are caused by pressure applied to nerves that exit your spine through the lower vertebral bones. This pressure may be a direct result of:
- Muscles that are in spasm
- A disc that is bulging and irritating the nerve
- Subtle or severe misalignments of the spine or arthritis
Symptoms Common to Sciatica:
- Typically, Sciatica affects only one leg
- The pain usually begins in the lower region of the back then travels down to the thigh. The pain has also been known to travel down the leg and to the foot.
- Sciatica is not limited to the sensation of pain, but can also be felt as a tingling or burning sensation.
- When a case becomes more advanced, the muscles of the leg can become weak or numb.
Most people use a “wait and see” approach hoping that the “catch” they feel goes away. The pain often leaves, but its original cause remains hidden. Six months, a year, or more time might pass before something else (an injury, accident or daily stress) causes the pain to return; only this time the pain is worse.
Can Chiropractic Care Be Helpful?
A recent study has shown that combining exercise, advice and chiropractic care is very helpful. Because the cause of Sciatica is often structural, meaning that it has to do with the vertebrae, pelvis or muscle spasms, that would indicate that the treatment should address these areas, in which case relief and correction of the problem can come from a Chiropractic adjustment.
Oftentimes, people who have severe Sciatica are counseled to have back surgery, something we all want to avoid if possible. But in a 2010 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics it was found that 60% of Sciatica sufferers received as much relief from Chiropractic Care as did those who had surgery. Chiropractic adjustments will also reduce the inflammation that has developed, thus promoting a healing environment.
It is all about function…. If you experience lower back, hip or posterior leg pain, Contact me today.
An adjustment today will address the cause while helping to prevent severe pain and dysfunction in the future.