It has been estimated that 1 in every 10 adults across the United States suffers from sciatica. People generally start to experience signs of this ailment between the ages of 24 to 45 years old. Sciatica is usually characterized as a shooting pain in the lower back that moves downward to the buttocks, hips, and back of the legs. The pain caused by this disorder can be severe enough to inhibit mobility, and it can prevent a person from taking care of their home or going to work. Doctors have typically treated sciatica with medications, or some invasive procedures and therapies.
Chiropractic treatment and care has been used to help alleviate pain of sciatica, and cure the condition. The pain of sciatica travels along the path of the sciatic nerve which starts in the lower back and extends down to the hips, legs, and feet. The condition occurs when there is a herniated disk on the spine, a spinal bone spur, or when there is a condition called spinal stenosis which compresses the spine. This causes pain, stiffness, numbness, and inflammation in the leg that is affected. When a case of sciatica occurs, it is usually on one side of the body.
Helping the body heal itself is the way chiropractic care works for sciatica, and it has been proven to be most effective. The treatments are non invasive, and do not use any medications. Many patients make this their optimal treatment choice. A chiropractor may use or recommend various treatments for sciatica. They may use an adjustment, or spinal cord manipulation, which helps to realign the spine to help free up any restricted movement. Ultra sound treatments are mild heat treatments that provide deep tissue penetration and may also be used. Using this type therapy will help reduce muscle spasms and stimulate circulation.
Chiropractic care can also include ice or cold therapy treatments. This treatment helps reduce inflammation as well as control the pain associated with sciatica. Having a chiropractor adjust and realign the spine with any of their non invasive treatment options can effectively help the body function properly. Using chiropractic care for sciatica is safer than using many medications whether prescribed or over the counter. Patients visit their chiropractors for their treatments, and can feel the difference immediately. Sciatic pain can occur at any time, but many people experience the pain and discomfort mostly at night when they are trying to rest. Chiropractic care can ensure that an individual who suffers from sciatica will get a good night’s sleep after they have had one of the non invasive treatments.
For people who are having worsening pain in the legs while sitting, a burning, tingling, numbness, difficulty moving, weakness in the legs, consistent pain on one side of the lower part of the back, or extreme pain when trying to stand up, they should visit a chiropractic care facility to gain freedom from pain, and be able to move around again as soon as possible. Chiropractic care is very effective for treating symptoms of sciatica.
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