Sciatica pain can be eased by a chiropractor without surgery or medication
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, stretching from the lower back, going through the buttocks, and into the legs. The very painful condition of sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is depressed, pinching the nerve. This results in a quick, lightning-like shooting pain all the way along the nerve. Though it’s rare, some people with sciatica do not experience pain in the lower back, which leads them to believe that their condition is related to a leg injury. Only after comprehensive testing do they find out that this is a sciatica-related issue, and can then proceed with treatment accordingly.
Causes of sciatica
Sciatica is technically not a condition or disease. Rather, it is the name for a collective set of symptoms. These symptoms include pain, numbness, or weakness in the buttocks region or leg, and a burning or tingling feeling going down the leg.
Herniated discs are the most common cause of sciatica, but several other conditions in this region can also cause sciatic pain. These can include bone spurs, lumbar degenerative disc disease, lumbar spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome, spondylolisthesis, or spinal tumors.
In the spine, there are vertebrae, discs, and nerves. The vertebrae protect the nerves and are supported and cushioned by the discs. If a slipped disc happens, it’s the result of the outer part of the disc splitting. The gel inside will bulge between the vertebrae. And when this goes on to press against the sciatic nerve, then that is the cause of severe pain- sciatica. There are two types of sciatica. In acute sciatica, symptoms can last up to six weeks, at which time it will go away on its own without treatment. Chronic, or persistent sciatica can last much longer than six weeks, and it’s at this time sufferers look for treatment to ease this constant pain.
Chiropractic treatment can help ease sciatica pain
If you are experiencing these painful symptoms and live in or near Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, MO, you should strongly consider setting up an initial consultation with the chiropractors at Rejuvenate Mind-Body Wellness Center.
If chiropractic treatment is deemed appropriate, different means can be undertaken to provide pain relief. The physical part of this procedure involves a manual adjustment of the spine, which helps with compression on the sciatic nerve, and this is the core chiropractic treatment. This helps bring the body and the spine back into alignment, enabling the body to begin the process of healing itself.
Contact your Lees Summit, MO chiropractor
Unless there is a significant weakness or loss of function, most doctors recommend non-surgical treatment for sciatica. Contact Rejuvenate in Lee’s Summit or Kansas City, MO today, speak with one of our representatives, and get set up to see us in our office. You can soon be well on your way to being pain-free again.