Sciatic Nerve Pain: Can Chiropractic Care Help?
The sciatic nerve runs from your lower lumbar region over the hips and down each leg. If you have ever felt a sharp excruciating pain radiating over the hips and down the legs, you would probably do anything to experience relief. The primary cause of the condition is compression at some point along the nerve. Chiropractic adjustments can offer immediate relief and prevent the condition from recurring.
What Causes Sciatica?
Sciatica is primarily caused by misalignment. The spinal column is protected by a series of bones and cartilages that wrap around the nerves. These bones are called vertebrae. Each of these vertebrae are separated by cartilage, allowing the body flexible motion. When one of these discs slips out of place, these bones can rub against areas of the nerve, causing pain. The following activities can cause issues with the sciatic nerve:
- Sports strain
- Lifting heavy objects
- Unexpected jarring motion
- Tumors or cysts on the spine
What are Traditional Sciatica Treatments?
If you are experiencing pain in the sciatic nerve, it is likely you will seek help as the pain can be debilitating. A traditional doctor may conduct x-rays, ultrasounds and other types of scans to diagnose the condition. Usually pain medication are prescribed, and patients may be referred for physical therapy. In severe cases, doctors may administer a shot of steroids to alleviate swelling in the area. Sometimes, surgery is offered to help release pressure causing irritation to the nerve.
Are More Natural Treatments Available?
The good news is that more natural options are available to treat sciatic nerve pain. Medication can have dangerous side effects and surgery is never a preferred option. Research has shown that 70 – 80% of patients respond positively to one or a combination of the following therapies:
- Exercise- At one point, doctors recommended rest. Studies show exercise and specific physical movements help relieve sciatic nerve pain.
- Massage- Working muscles and tissues can help alleviate painful symptoms.
- Analgesics- Mild over-the-counter medications are often more effective than narcotics, but still do not get to the root of the problem.
- Chiropractic Adjustments- 90% of sciatic pain is caused by herniated discs. Chiropractic care helps to align the spine properly to treat the condition and prevent recurrence.
How Can Austin Life Chiropractic Help My Sciatica?
At Austin Life Chiropractic, we are committed to the overall wellness of our client. Because we are focused on helping patients improve quality of life, our facility offers multiple modalities of care specifically to address sciatic nerve pain. Call today for a consultation. We will develop an individualized care plan for your specific needs. Suffering with sciatic pain can significantly hinder your ability to live a full, vibrant life. Let us help you get back to the business of pain-free living.