Treat Sciatica With Chiropractic Care
Sciatica is a symptom from musculoskeletal disorders that causes pain along the sciatic nerve, which is the nerve that runs down from the lower back to both legs. The pain can be from minimal to severe, described as dull, achy or sharp and occurs from the lower back to one or both legs.
Sciatica can caused by:
- Herniated disc
- Lumbar spine subluxation
How does chiropractic care treat sciatica?
Chiropractic care requires no drugs or surgery and is a hands-on and holistic treatment. Before beginning, it is important to get a proper diagnosis since sciatica can have different causes. A chiropractor will evaluate medical history and perform a physical and neurological examination before formulating the best treatment plan.
A chiropractor focuses on eliminating restrictions and misalignments in the spine and restoring complete body function. Depending on the type of sciatica, there are several different treatments that can be assessed such as:
- Spinal adjustment – eliminates restrictions of the spine and helps restore misalignments to reduce nerve irritability.
- Ice/cold therapy – reduces inflammation and pain.
- Ultrasound – uses gentle heat to penetrate deep into tissues which increases circulation and helps reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness and pain.
- Tens unit – stimulates muscle with variable intensities of electrical which helps control pain and reduce muscle spasms.
Getting chiropractic care for sciatica is an ideal and effective treatment instead of opting for the commonly prescribed medications such as anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants.