What is Sciatica?
Sciatica symptoms are complex, some patients have more straight forward complaints of back pain that shoots down or radiates into the back of the leg. Others show symptoms of numbness, tingling or other sensations in the leg or foot. Sciatica pain is often described as sharp, shooting or hot poker like pain. Back pain may or may not be associated with sciatica symptoms. Although the symptoms vary they can help your doctor decide what may be causing your sciatica.
Many people often experience sciatica symptoms after an acute injury, such as lifting, bending or twisting, but other times it can come on as a gradual pain and it is not apparent as to what caused the pain. Sciatica symptoms can be caused by tension of the sciatic nerve or the lumbar nerve roots in the low back. This is typically caused by pinching of the nerve by arthritic bone, bulging or protruding discs, or by the surrounding structures such as the piriformis muscle. The doctors at Balderston chiropractic are trained to assess the condition and recommend appropriate effective treatment.
How can Sciatica be treated?
The traditional treatments for sciatica include a conservative to invasive approach. Often the initial treatment includes medication, and physical therapy. If the pain does not resolve afterwards, a referral is usually made to a pain clinic for injections or an orthopedist for surgical consultation.
At Balderston Chiropractic treatment for sciatica is based upon the cause of the condition. Listed below are some of the common therapies used in our clinic to treat sciatica.
Our chiropractors recommend gentle realignment to treat sciatica. Manipulation of the lumbar spine can assist with range-of-motion issues that may be contributing to sciatica pain, along with addressing muscular issues surrounding the lumbar spine and pelvis. Realignment and reduced stress on the nervous system help your body begin the healing process on its own.
Decompression takes pressure off the nerve roots, alleviating the shooting sensation.
Laser therapy penetrates deep into the tissue stimulating the damaged cells to heal quickly. Laser Therapy is a relatively new procedure which has proven to provide amazing results.
The application of ice or cold packs to the injured area to reduce blood flow and relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Creating stability in your lower back will not only improve your current condition but also prevent the issue from coming back in the future. Exercises are specifically prescribed for your condition to get you the best results.
Pain typically is the last symptom of a problem and usually the first to go away. We provide care for treatment of sciatica, no matter what your health goals are, whether that is just to get out of pain, further your strength and stabilization, or maintain and help prevent future injury.
Sciatica symptoms can be very painful and cause major disruptions in your day to day life. The doctors at Balderston Chiropractic are glad to help you discover if the conservative non-surgical approach is right for you.
If you are serious about turning this problem around and avoiding surgery call our team at Balderston Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic in Shawnee today. We are here to answer any questions you have, and we look forward to meeting you soon.