If you suffer the constant pain of sciatica, chiropractic treatment may be able to help.
There is nothing quite like the pain of sciatica. Your lower back hurts. Your hips hurt. You may have constant pain right down to your toes that only gets a little better when you hobble around hunched over taking tiny steps. Your chiropractor has non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical interventions to relieve the pain of sciatica. Your chiropractor can show you how to avoid new attacks of sciatica in the future. Here are two things Dr. Craig Gruber, our chiropractor for Kennesaw and Marietta, GA, wants you to know about sciatica.
Sciatica is caused by nerve compression.
The underlying cause of sciatica is a "pinched nerve." The sciatic nerve leaves the spine and travels through the buttocks and down the inside of your legs. Pressure on the sciatic nerve may interfere with the transmission of signals down the sciatic nerve so you tend to stumble, trip, and shuffle. This pressure on the sciatic nerve also tends to send constant pain signals up the nerve that are only relieved by lying flat on your back with your knees in the air, and then maybe only a little and only for a short time.
Exactly what is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve is something your chiropractor can only tell you after a diagnostic session. Sometimes the problem is a herniated disc. Age, dehydration, or trauma may cause the supporting disc between two segments of your lower spine to fall out of alignment, placing constant pressure on your sciatic nerve. The problem can also be with the piriformis muscle, pressing down on the sciatic nerve to cause constant discomfort.
Restoring proper alignment to your spine can make a huge difference.
The majority of cases of sciatica are due to pressure on the sciatic nerve at the point it leaves the spinal column. Chiropractic adjustment can correct this problem without drugs or surgery. It takes more than one session to bring your spine back into good alignment, and your chiropractor will also show you exercises and ways to maintain good posture that will keep sciatica from coming back.
Pain relief pills often don't even dent the pain of sciatica. Your chiropractor also has a full range of non-pharmaceutical therapies for pain relief, including TENS (transcutaneous electroneutral stimulation) to distract your nervous system from the pain of sciatica, ultrasound, and cold therapy. For any of these methods to work for you, the starting point is accurately diagnosing the problem.
Is there a chiropractor near me who can treat sciatica?
There's a chiropractor near you for Kennesaw and Marietta, GA, at Discover Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. Request an appointment online or call us at 770-423-9010. The offices of Discover Chiropractic and Rehabilitation are located at 3940 Cherokee St NW #402, Kennesaw, GA 30144.