What is Sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve and its branches — from your back down your buttock and leg. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord in your low back to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg.
Most people who suffer with symptoms of sciatica think they have a disease. Sciatica is a symptom, not a disorder. The radiating pain of sciatica signals another problem that is involving the nerve, an example of this could be a herniated disk or entrapment of the nerve through a muscle. Depending on the cause, the pain of sciatica can very.
What are Signs I may have Sciatica?
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling down the leg
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- A constant pain on one side of the rear
- A shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up
Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes. If you are currently feeling or maybe feeling these symptoms contact a local medical provider for further medical evaluation.
How do I treat my Sciatica?
Depending on the cause of your sciatica, treatment options will vary. Thus, getting properly diagnosed by a medical provider will increase your prognosis. Chiropractic treatment is typically a preferred sciatica treatment. Some techniques used in treating sciatica include
- Spinal manipulations, also called spinal adjustments, are commonly used by chiropractors for sciatica treatment. These manipulations can realign the spine, which will remove the pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve. This can provide a great deal of sciatica relief for the patient.
- Chiropractors also use ultrasound. This is a gentle heat that is created by sound waves. This heat penetrates into the body tissues to increase circulation and help to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, and pain.
- A TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a small box-like device that electronically stimulates the nerves. It acts to mask the pain from the nerves, fooling the nerves into ‘thinking’ that there is no pain. When the nerves ‘think’ that there is no pain, they do not send the pain signals to the brain.
- Laser Therapy. Cold laser therapy can help regrow damaged cells and tissue that can cause nerve irritation
- Exercise and Physical Rehabilitation. Strengthening the lower back and correcting muscle imbalances can help eliminate sciatic based pain
At West End Chiropractic and Wellness our doctors have helped thousands of people get out of pain and back on with their lives. For more information on about sciatica call West End Chiropractic and Wellness at (952) 500-8477 or visit us online at www.westendchiromn.com