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Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed and compressed. There are many causes for this pain, including muscle spasms in the back and leg, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or bone spurs near the spine. Sciatica can range from mildly uncomfortable to completely debilitating.

The most common symptom of sciatica is lower back pain that radiates down one leg to the toes. Other manifestations include:

tingling, numbness, or weakness in your feet or legs;
sharp shooting pains running down either side of your buttocks and thigh;
difficulty sitting still because you feel like you have to move constantly because it feels so good when movement occurs; and
swelling around your hips, lower back, butt.
Sciatica is a debilitating condition that more often than not, affects the lower back. Sciatic pain and paresthesias in the distribution of the sciatic nerve are worsened with twisting, bending, or coughing. The standard medical intervention prescribed by physicians is a combination of analgesics and NSAIDs. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs address the inflammation caused by sciatica. Despite being effective in managing pain, medications only do much. They might even mask the symptoms of your actual health condition.

Sciatica is a temporary condition that may be caused by various illnesses. One of the most common causes in adults is intervertebral disc herniation, which could occur from aging or injury to the back and spine regions. Other potential contributors include spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis. Both of which are misalignments during vertebrae growths with symptoms including leg pain and numbness/tingling sensations felt through one foot up to their lower extremities.

Sciatica is a condition that can be diagnosed with an examination, but it does not always have enough symptoms. The usual manifestation of sciatica begins by experiencing back pain, thighs, and feet. The painful sensations are due to the compression of inflamed sciatic nerves on your spinal cord. In some cases, people who have sciatica also experience shooting pains down their legs.

As medications work to treat the symptoms, the main problem is never addressed through pharmacological interventions alone. It is vital to consult with a professional chiropractor like Dr. O’Dell to diagnose and treat your condition correctly and with utmost care.

Essentially, chiropractic treatment of lower back pain is a manual procedure that involves applying thrusts to an abnormal vertebra to improve the functionality and reduce nerve irritability. This type of manipulation has been shown in literature as being beneficial for many people who experience low-back pain.

To reduce the subluxation, chiropractic treatments are practical with goals of increasing range of motion and reducing nerve irritability. The hope is that this treatment can improve function as well.

Chiropractic mobilization, on one hand, is the process of manipulating, moving, and stretching muscles to increase mobility.

Though joint cavitation or cracking doesn’t always occur, it can happen as a result of significant muscle spasms. When this happens, the chiropractor may need to apply ice before attempting an adjustment and perform electrical stimulation and massage beforehand to relax them enough for treatment.

At Chiroflexion Central Coast Terrigal, we provide gentle spinal manipulations that release pressure on the sciatic nerve, giving you relief from pain. However, your body needs to learn how to maintain healthy alignment. It is why we offer a set of treatments for longer-lasting results. You’ll see a gradual lessening in discomfort as time goes by with our help.

With over 30 years of experience, Chris may be the best resource for you to help your spine return back to health. We can assist with spinal decompression, which helps increase space between vertebrae. These spaces are pinching against your sciatic nerve, causing pain in different parts of the body.

Our approach extends beyond just providing relief from this disorder by educating our patients on how physical activity is essential when recovering. It strengthens core muscles and keeps them balanced. As a result, we show people how they should maintain a healthy posture while sitting, sleeping, or moving, so their spines don’t become misaligned again.

Chrioflexion | TERRIGAL | NSW

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