Safe, Natural Pain Relief for Sciatica
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica describes a certain type of leg pain, usually accompanied by weakness, tingling, or numbness. Typically, this pain originates in the lower back, and travels down through the buttocks into the large sciatic nerve that is in the back of each leg.
Sciatica can be caused by many different sources, such as a bone spur on the spine, spinal stenosis, or a herniated disk. A misaligned spine can also cause sciatica if the nerve is pinched.
While most cases of sciatica are relatively mild, severe cases can cause serious leg weakness, or difficulty controlling the bowels or bladder. If you feel significant pain or discomfort traveling along your spine towards the back of your leg, you may be suffering from sciatica.
How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help With Sciatica?
Chiropractors can help treat sciatica without invasive and dangerous surgeries or medical procedures. For years, chiropractic treatment has been the preferred way to resolve sciatic pain. Numerous types of therapy can be used:
- Hot/cold therapy – Ice and heat can be applied to the spine, reducing the inflammation that causes sciatic pain.
- Ultrasound therapy – Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to generate heat that penetrates deeply into your tissue. This increases blood circulation and can help reduce muscle cramps, swelling, and sciatic pain.
- Direct spinal manipulation – By adjusting and re-aligning the spine, nerve irritability and pinching can often be minimized, or eliminated entirely. Spinal manipulation is safe, effective, and non-invasive, and is rarely painful.
It’s important to note that sciatica can be a symptom of a more serious disease, like degenerative spine disease. Raleigh Specific Chiropractors may recommend you to a spinal specialist if your symptoms are not resolved by chiropractic treatment alone.
When To Contact Your Chiropractor
If you experience only minor symptoms of sciatica, it may go away on its own within a few weeks. But if the pain and weakness continue to increase, you should contact Raleigh Specific Chiropractic right away.
We have a staff of experienced specialists and your comfort and support is a priority. Give us a call today at (919) 846-7004 for a no-cost consultation, and see how we can treat your lower back and leg pain caused by sciatica.