How can Chiropractic care relieve Sciatic Nerve pain?

 

Sciatica – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, is pain, tingling or numbness typically felt from the lower back or buttock which runs down the back of the thigh, knee, and calf.

Sciatic nerve pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is pushed against or irritated by pressure. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs from the spine into the buttock, then into the back of the thigh and leg. Each leg has its’ own sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve controls sensation and function to the leg and foot, so when it is irritated by pressure it causes the referred pain that shoots down the back of the legs. At North Shore Family Chiropractors sciatica treatment is one of our most requested therapies.

What are the symptoms of Sciatica?

The most common symptoms our patients report when they come in for sciatica treatment is the pain that runs along the back of the thigh and calf. Some patients will describe the pain as burning while other will report tingling or pins and needles.

Many patients at North Shore Family Chiropractors that we treat for sciatica find that:

  • It’s hard to stand up or sit down for long periods as the pain becomes worse.
  • They have weakness, numbness or problems moving their leg or foot.
  • Generally the pain seems to occur in one leg.

What are the symptoms of Sciatica?

The most common symptoms our patients report when they come in for sciatica treatment is the pain that runs along the back of the thigh and calf. Some patients will describe the pain as burning while other will report tingling or pins and needles.

Many patients at North Shore Family Chiropractors that we treat for sciatica find that:

  • It’s hard to stand up or sit down for long periods as the pain becomes worse.
  • They have weakness, numbness or problems moving their leg or foot.
  • Generally the pain seems to occur in one leg.

What causes Sciatica?

The causes of sciatica or sciatic nerve pain may vary. The most common reasons patients seek chiropractic care for sciatica relief is due to a herniated disc or arthritis of the spine.

A herniated disc may also be called a slipped disc, ruptured disc, bulging or protruding disc or a pinched nerve. Sciatica is the most common symptom of these disc problems. A herniated disc is when the soft material inside the disc bulges out (herniates) and pushes against the sciatic nerve causing pain.

Arthritis of the spine occurs when your discs begin to deteriorate and breakdown, usually as the result of the ageing process. The discs may then push against the sciatic nerve causing pain. Sometimes bone spurs develop which also push against the sciatic nerve and sciatica treatment is then necessary.

How is Sciatica diagnosed?

At North Shore Family Chiropractors we will usually be able to diagnose sciatica based on the symptoms you describe. We will take into account your medical history and will generally perform a physical examination.

An MRI is the best diagnostic test for confirming the location and severity of a disc bulge. In addition, X-rays may be taken in the clinic to identify structural weaknesses that may have contributed to the herniated discs or nerve damage.

 

How is Sciatica diagnosed?

At North Shore Family Chiropractors we will usually be able to diagnose sciatica based on the symptoms you describe. We will take into account your medical history and will generally perform a physical examination.

An MRI is the best diagnostic test for confirming the location and severity of a disc bulge. In addition, X-rays may be taken in the clinic to identify structural weaknesses that may have contributed to the herniated discs or nerve damage.

 

How can Sciatica be treated?

Sciatica treatment is necessary when the pain doesn’t resolve itself after a few days. Sciatica treatment aims to relieve pain and the symptoms caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve and are based on your medical history and a physical examination. Surgery is generally a last resort for treatment as sciatica nerve pain relief can come from a range of non-surgical treatments which include:

  • medication for pain relief and to reduce inflammation
  • traction treatment
  • manipulative therapy performed by a Dr of Chiropractic
  • steroid injections directly into the spine
  • complementary therapies, including acupuncture

One or more of the above sciatica treatments may be used in combination with an exercise program to provide sciatic nerve pain relief. At North Shore Family Chiropractors we offer you both chiropractic and traction treatments as well as an exercise program for sciatica nerve pain relief.

What are the best exercises for Sciatica?

Exercise is usually better for sciatic nerve pain treatment than bed rest. Inactivity will usually make your sciatic nerve pain worse. Exercise and movement helps exchange nutrients and fluids within the discs to keep them healthy and prevent pressure on the sciatic nerve.

The best exercises for sciatica treatment are tailored to address the underlying cause of your sciatic nerve pain. Generally exercises are aimed at:

  • improving your core muscle strength
  • stretching the muscles that cause sciatic pain when they are tight and inflexible.

When you engage in a regular program of exercise as part of your sciatica treatment, you will recover more quickly from sciatica flare ups and are less likely to experience episodes of pain in the future. We offer a comprehensive exercise program at North Shore Family Chiropractors as part of a holistic sciatica treatment regime

What are the best exercises for Sciatica?

Exercise is usually better for sciatic nerve pain treatment than bed rest. Inactivity will usually make your sciatic nerve pain worse. Exercise and movement helps exchange nutrients and fluids within the discs to keep them healthy and prevent pressure on the sciatic nerve.

The best exercises for sciatica treatment are tailored to address the underlying cause of your sciatic nerve pain. Generally exercises are aimed at:

  • improving your core muscle strength
  • stretching the muscles that cause sciatic pain when they are tight and inflexible.

When you engage in a regular program of exercise as part of your sciatica treatment, you will recover more quickly from sciatica flare ups and are less likely to experience episodes of pain in the future. We offer a comprehensive exercise program at North Shore Family Chiropractors as part of a holistic sciatica treatment regime

How can Chiropractic care relieve Sciatic Nerve pain?

Chiropractors are experienced in treating disc pain which is one of the most common causes of sciatica. Chiropractic adjustment of the spine can improve spinal alignment and function and thereby remove or reduce the irritation to the sciatic nerve.

At North Shore Family Chiropractors we use one of the most researched chiropractic techniques in the world Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) which we integrate with traditional Chiropractic treatment.

This is a scientific approach to spinal realignment and pain relief. When the spine assumes it’s healthy and ideal alignment it is performs at it’s best, which can aid in the prevention of further injury and damage. Our clinic is equipped with an expansive patient gym with unique CBP equipment to complement our programs.

If you are experiencing acute or chronic sciatic nerve pain, then contact our friendly clinic at North Shore Family Chiropractors to book in for an appointment and find out more about how we can support you in the treatment of your sciatica.

Sciatic Pain What is it?

Sciatic pain refers to pain that follows the distribution of the sciatic nerve. Most commonly this is usually sharp, strong pain that travels down the back of the leg and sometimes into the calf and foot. It can affect both legs or one leg at a time.

Why Do I have Sciatic Pain?

The most common reason for sciatic pain is an injury to the lumbar spine usually involving the L5/S1 disc. This usually happens as a result of a combination of bending over and twisting or lifting heavy objects from the ground. Long hours of sitting while working is also considered to increase the risk of a disc injury as well.

How Do We Treat Sciatic Pain?

At North Shore Family Chiropractors, we are experienced in dealing with sciatica. A combination of gentle spinal mobilization and spinal decompression traction has been very successful in helping our clients over the past 15 years. Our approach to traction is unique and is referred to as Lumbar Extension Traction. In this style of traction, we stretch into the natural curve of the low back pulling up into the spine as opposed to pulling the spine lengthwise. The low back has the capacity to stretch further when working with the natural shape of the spine compared to attempting the pull lengthwise.

Can My Spine cause other types of leg pain?

Yes. People also frequently injure the L4/L5 disc that results in radiating pain into the leg. However, where a person will feel the pain will be slightly different. Commonly this pain is felt in the hip and side of the thigh. The pain will be similar in that it is strong, sharp or burning in nature.

It’s important to know that regardless of which disc has been injured the lumbar extension traction is an effective treatment.

How long does it take to recover from Sciatica?

The timeline can be different for each person. The severity of the disc injury combined with the location of the disc herniation will affect recovery time. On average though, recovery is usually between 2 weeks and 3 months. Some patients will experience immediate relief after 1 traction session but normally it would take between 3-12 treatments for a patient to recover.

Sciatic Pain What is it?

Sciatic pain refers to pain that follows the distribution of the sciatic nerve. Most commonly this is usually sharp, strong pain that travels down the back of the leg and sometimes into the calf and foot. It can affect both legs or one leg at a time.

Why Do I have Sciatic Pain?

The most common reason for sciatic pain is an injury to the lumbar spine usually involving the L5/S1 disc. This usually happens as a result of a combination of bending over and twisting or lifting heavy objects from the ground. Long hours of sitting while working is also considered to increase the risk of a disc injury as well.

How Do We Treat Sciatic Pain?

At North Shore Family Chiropractors, we are experienced in dealing with sciatica. A combination of gentle spinal mobilization and spinal decompression traction has been very successful in helping our clients over the past 15 years. Our approach to traction is unique and is referred to as Lumbar Extension Traction. In this style of traction, we stretch into the natural curve of the low back pulling up into the spine as opposed to pulling the spine lengthwise. The low back has the capacity to stretch further when working with the natural shape of the spine compared to attempting the pull lengthwise.

Can My Spine cause other types of leg pain?

Yes. People also frequently injure the L4/L5 disc that results in radiating pain into the leg. However, where a person will feel the pain will be slightly different. Commonly this pain is felt in the hip and side of the thigh. The pain will be similar in that it is strong, sharp or burning in nature.

It’s important to know that regardless of which disc has been injured the lumbar extension traction is an effective treatment.

How long does it take to recover from Sciatica?

The timeline can be different for each person. The severity of the disc injury combined with the location of the disc herniation will affect recovery time. On average though, recovery is usually between 2 weeks and 3 months. Some patients will experience immediate relief after 1 traction session but normally it would take between 3-12 treatments for a patient to recover.

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