Treating Sciatica with Chiropractic Care
Do you live in the greater Thousand Oaks area and suffer from pain in your lower back? If the answer is yes, then it could be sciatic nerve pain. The talented caring staff of Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center knows all about sciatica and they can help you find understanding and relief.
What is Sciatica?
When there is a problem with the large nerve running from the lower back and down each leg – the sciatic nerve – it is called sciatica. Pressure or damage to that nerve causes lower back pain that radiates to the buttocks, hip, and down the leg.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The symptoms described above – pain originating in the lower back and spreading into the hip, buttocks, and leg of the affected side – are the most common associated with sciatica. Sciatic nerve pain is often aggravated by sitting for prolonged periods, coughing, and/or sneezing. Moreover, the leg of the affected side may also feel numb, weak, and/or tingly.
Symptoms of a problem with the sciatic nerve generally present suddenly. They may last for a few days or several weeks at a time and often recur if unaddressed. In milder forms, sciatic nerve pain and other symptoms appear infrequently and merely irritating. However, without proper treatment, they may progress until the pain is severe and debilitating.
Causes of Sciatica
Disc herniation is the most common cause of sciatica. Discs are cushion with gel-like centers located between the vertebrae. If this center is pushed through the tough outer lining it may press against the sciatic nerve roots. Herniation naturally occurs over time but may be triggered by injury or accident as well.
Spinal stenosis is another condition that occurs naturally over time. As the vertebrae wear down, the spinal canal narrows and put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots. Infection, muscle inflammation, fractures, and anything that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve can also cause sciatica.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
A chiropractor strives to provide treatment that helps to restore the body to a place of balance and alignment so that it can heal itself. They use holistic non-invasive methods to provide optimal healing and wellness.
The exact regimen of chiropractic treatments used to treat sciatica depends largely on the cause of the condition. However, some common therapies used include:
- TENS treatments
- Ultrasound therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Manual spinal manipulation
- Therapeutic massage