If you have sciatica, getting some relief may be all you can think about. Fortunately, chiropractic care can alleviate your symptoms and address the root of the problem. Below is more detailed information on what sciatica is and how it can be treated.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatic pain, also called sciatica, occurs when there is pressure applied to the sciatic nerve, which runs down your lower back and into both legs. Though sciatica is commonly referred to as a stand-alone disorder amongst patients, sciatic pain is, in fact, a symptom of a disorder, not a disorder itself. Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal cavity), bone spurs, herniated discs, and thickening of the ligaments in your back can all contribute to sciatic pain, and only when the root cause of the pain is addressed will you experience lasting pain relief.
Sciatic pain typically presents as pain in your lower back that radiates through your buttocks into one leg, going down the back of the thigh and calf. Patients have reported burning with sciatic pain, and it can also feel like a jolt or spasm going through your body. Sitting for long periods of time can cause the pain to flare, as well as hiccups and other sudden motions in your body. Be sure to mention all symptoms, including tingling or numbness, to your chiropractor so they can accurately diagnose and treat the cause of your sciatic pain.
How Can It Be Treated?
Patients with sciatica often experience pain relief after a few weeks of non-surgical treatment and chiropractic care, such as physical therapy, medications like pain relievers and muscle relaxers, and even steroid injections. However, unless the direct cause of the pain is diagnosed and treated through these interventions, the pain is likely to flare back up. Therefore, treatment for sciatica will differ from patient to patient, as the most effective treatment will be for whichever condition is squeezing that individual’s sciatic nerve.
Your chiropractor will use tests and diagnostic imaging to determine the root cause of your pain, and he or she will then recommend appropriate treatments to directly address the issue. For example, if you have a herniated disc, physical therapy and medications will be used to provide pain relief, and most patients recover completely with just these measures. If these conservative methods are unsuccessful, a small percentage of patients may need surgery to move the portion of the disc causing pain. For bone spurs, treatments consist of corticosteroid injections, NSAIDs to reduce inflammation and pain, and physical therapy, but if unsuccessful, a surgical laminectomy may be done to remove the portion of bone with the spur causing your discomfort. Spinal stenosis can also be addressed through medications, physical therapy, steroid injections, and at-home remedies, but if the pain is severe or does not go away, there are several surgical options to help, including decompression surgery, laminectomy, and laminotomy.
If you’re struggling with sciatica pain, contact the experienced chiropractic care team at Gateway Chiropractic Center in Crossville, TN. For more than 30 years, they’ve delivered reliable, consistent pain alleviation and quality chiropractic care to their patients in Cumberland County. Whether you’ve been in a car accident, need chiropractic therapy, or have a chronic condition, they’ll help you achieve a better quality of life through a reduction in symptoms and relevant nutritional and lifestyle advice. Not only are they chiropractic professionals, they’re qualified to perform D.O.T. physicals for commercial drivers, and they have an experienced and licensed massage therapist on staff to provide compassionate care. Learn more about their services online, or call (931) 484-3135 to schedule your appointment today.