Sciatica can present itself in a multitude of ways. As the largest and longest spinal nerve in the body, strain and compression in the sciatic nerve can cause pain and discomfort throughout the back, leg, and gluteal muscles. Some common symptoms include:
- Lower pain
- Pain when sitting
- Weakness or numbness in legs and feet
- Constant gluteal discomfort
- Hip pain
Pain intensity levels can vary from individual to individual, as sensations radiate from the sciatic nerve throughout the lower extremities. Mild, moderate, intermittent, or constant – there’s no single way that sciatica presents itself.
Chiropractic Care Can Alleviate Sciatic Discomfort
If sciatic nerve pain is preventing you from doing the things you love, it’s critical to seek treatment and relief. Chiropractic care can prove a significant first step in reducing the pain and helping your body begin to heal itself, naturally and non-invasively. Your practitioner will consult with you to assess your specific sciatic diagnosis and put together a treatment plan that may include a range of strategic modalities, including:
Spinal adjustments form the core of many chiropractic treatment plans, including sciatica. Your chiropractor may suggest manipulation to extend spinal range of motion as well as realign vertebrae back to their proper place within the spinal column. A chiropractic adjustment can also decrease nerve irritability, pain, muscle spasms, and inflammation associated with sciatica.
Icing impacted areas can reduce nerve inflammation, eventually helping to control pain and discomfort levels.
Also known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, this battery-powered device may be used by your chiropractor to stimulate muscles impacted by sciatica pain. Your specialist will use the TENS unit to target specific areas to strategically minimize acute pain and overall muscle spasms.
Ultrasound uses heat generated by sound waves to penetrate into the impacted tissue area. This form of heat therapy also elevates circulation to minimize swelling, cramping, and stiffness.
Others Ways To Minimize Sciatica Pain
Your chiropractor may recommend other ways to control sciatica pain beyond your office visits. Stretching can have a long-term effect on symptoms. Consult with your physician to put together a stretching plan that won’t further aggravate your condition. Additionally, yoga, walking, and avoiding sitting for long stretches can also help alleviate inflammation and muscle spasms. Some patients have also found deep tissue massage to be helpful when trying to arrest irritation and prevent future flare-ups.
If you’re suffering from sciatic pain, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with an onsite chiropractor to put a treatment plan in place.