The sciatic nerve is located on both sides of the lower spine, and it travels all the way through the pelvis and buttocks. The nerve also passes along the back of each upper leg. After it reaches the knees, it divides into branches that go to the feet. If this nerve is irritated or pressured, you feel pain not only in your back but also down the back of one buttock or thigh. Depending on what is causing sciatica, you may feel numbness, weakness, and tingling, a mild or sharp pain, a burning sensation or severe discomfort. The pain may worsen if you left this condition unaddressed. Prolonged sitting, sudden movements, lifting, standing up and even coughing and sneezing might cause you pain.
There are various treatments for sciatic pain, ranging from applying hot and cold packs and using meds to exercises, complementary treatment, and even surgery. Chiropractic treatment from a North Bethesda chiropractor is a proven way to relieve sciatic pain. Sciatica is not a disorder, but only a symptom of a much greater disorder in the body, that is why it is crucial to approach the body holistically.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica
Sciatica is caused by nerve compression, and compression of the sciatic nerve is often caused by spinal disorders such as misaligned vertebral bodies and herniated or bulging discs. Sciatica can also be caused by pregnancy, tumors and some non-spinal disorders such as diabetes. To properly treat this problem, it is crucial to determine what is causing the patient’s sciatica. Diagnosis involves a thorough analysis of the patient’s medical history as well as physical and neurological examination. Diagnostic imaging such as x-ray and CT scan may also be required. Detailed examinations and tests are required to determine if there are any contraindications for chiropractic therapy.
The purpose of chiropractic therapy is not only to relieve the symptoms of sciatica but also to help the body to heal itself. If your spine is misaligned, your spinal movements are restricted which will inevitably lead to pain and reduced performance. Nerves can’t properly nurture your body and do their job if they are compressed. However, with chiropractic treatments, you will not only relieve sciatic pain but also correct your posture, strengthen your musculoskeletal system and improve your overall wellbeing. Chiropractic therapy is a way to heal your body without using medication or undergoing invasive procedures like surgery.
At the core of chiropractic care and sciatica treatment are spinal adjustments. Through spinal manipulation, your misaligned vertebral bodies will restore in their proper position and help reduce nerve irritability. Nerve irritability is the biggest cause of inflammation, muscle spasm and pain, which are all main symptoms of sciatica. Spinal manipulation and adjustments are not painful, on the contrary, it will provide you instant relief.
Limitations in Treating Sciatica
In certain, but mostly rare cases, neuropathy can be caused by disorders that go beyond the scope of chiropractic practice. For example, if your sciatica is caused by non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, you must be referred to another specialist for treatment. However, a chiropractor can co-manage the patient’s care with the other specialist and offer chiropractic treatment as a form of additional therapy.