Sciatica is usually defined as a pain that begins in the lower back area which travels through one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in its frequency and intensity. It can be minimal, severe, moderate, occasional or frequent depending on the patient suffering from the condition. The pain associated with the condition is usually described as sharp, achy, dull and sometimes similar to an electric shock. There are also symptoms such as numbness, burning and tingling sensations experienced by patients suffering from sciatica.
The condition is caused by a compression in the sciatic nerve. Even though most medical experts treat sciatica as a type of disorder, it is not really a disorder, but a symptom of a disorder. There are several disorders that are supposed to cause sciatic nerve pain. Bulging or herniated discs and lumbar spine subluxations are some of the most common disorders that can result in sciatic pain. Piriformis syndrome is another common cause for sciatica. The piriformis is a muscle that is situated in the lower area of the spine. This muscle is connected to the thighbone and helps in the hip rotation process. The sciatic nerve is located beneath this muscle. This muscle can be injured during a slip or fall. This can affect the sciatic nerve which result in inflammation and pain. There is no effective medical treatment for this condition in mainstream medicine. The symptoms of the condition may be treated with painkillers. Using painkillers for an extended period of time can cause numerous unwanted side effects. This is why so many patients rely on chiropractic treatments for sciatica.
Chiropractic treatment for sciatica has become quite popular within the past couple of years. The majority of sufferers have found the treatment method to be extremely effective in relieving their pain for good. The chiropractor will first determine the real cause of sciatica before treating the condition. In fact, sciatica can be caused by so many disorders, and the practitioner will first determine the exact cause of the condition. The patient’s medical history and a thorough medical and neurological examination will be conducted to determine the exact cause of your condition. An X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI or electrodiagnostic tests would be conducted to diagnose the real cause of the patient’s condition.
Once the chiropractor is certain of the exact cause of your condition, he or she will offer appropriate chiropractic treatments. The main purpose of chiropractic treatment is to assist the body’s potential to heal itself. Chiropractic care is usually drug-free and non-invasive or non-surgical. The type of treatment may depend on the cause of the patient’s sciatica. Ice/cold therapy, spinal adjustments, ultrasound therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) are some of the most popular chiropractic treatment methods available for sciatica. The practitioner will use his/her bare hands to apply gentle pressure on the spinal area in manipulating or adjusting the spine. This is where chiropractic care differs from other medical disciplines.