When people talk about their lower back pain many people throw out the word sciatica to describe their pain and how it is causing them pain and affecting their activities. Lets talk about sciatica pain to determine what it is, how it is caused, and what can be done to help the pain.
Sciatica is when something is causing compression or irritation to the nerve roots of the sciatica nerve or compression or irritation to the sciatica nerve itself. Sciatica is much more complex than this but lets talk about what you experience when you have sciatica pain.
With sciatica the pain is felt as moderate to severe pain that starts in the low back and shoots sharp pain down one or both legs. You may also experience numbness and tingling in one or both legs with or without the sharp pain.
There are many causes of sciatica pain. One of the most common reasons for sciatica pain is a bulging or herniated disc. Other common causes may be osteoarthritis causing nerve impingement or narrowing of the space where nerve roots leave the spinal canal also know as stenosis.
Our chiropractors and acupuncturist can help you get rid of your back and leg pain. Studies have shown that receiving chiropractic adjustments or acupuncture can help decrease your leg pain and get you back to doing what you love. This is done by helping to relax the muscles surrounding the injured area and increasing restricted joint movement of the injured area. This will help to promote proper healing of the damaged tissues in the surrounding area.
Along with Chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture care we can help you by instructing in exercises and stretches to help the injured area. These will help to promote movement in the damaged area and help to strengthen weak muscles. By strengthening the muscles we can help stabilize the area to help decrease leg pain and help to strengthen the core which will help to prevent further injuries in the future.
When you experience sciatica pain it is always a good idea to try chiropractic care and acupuncture to see if it helps with the pain and other symptoms. Physical therapy is also another great option to help manage sciatica pain. When these options fail and don't provide relief it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about other treatment options such as using medications, shots, or surgery.
If you are experiencing any sciatica pain make sure to make an appointment with your Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, or other Doctor today. They can help determine the cause of the sciatica pain and make sure you are getting the best treatment possible.
The Study below shows the effectiveness of spinal manipulation (adjustment) in helping with sciatica pain specifically caused by a disc injury.
The Effect of Spinal Mobilization With Leg Movement in Patients With Lumbar Radiculopathy-A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial.