Chiropractors regularly treat sciatica, which may also be referred to as radiating pain or neuropathy. While sciatica is not a disorder, it is a painful symptom of a disorder and should be treated promptly in order to reduce the presence of pain and potential complications.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a condition that is caused by back pain that starts in the lower back or buttocks and then travels into the legs. This pain will vary in frequency and intensity depending on the person. Other symptoms include tingling, numbness, and burning. Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, and a variety of disorders and conditions can cause this compression, including:
- Piriformis syndrome
- Non-spinal disorders (diabetes, constipation, etc.)
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Lumbar spine subluxations
Using Chiropractic to Treat Sciatica
Chiropractic treatment is used to increase the body’s potential for self-healing, and this practice hinges on the theory that when spinal movement is restricted, pain and reduced performance and function will occur. The use of chiropractic care is drug- and non-invasive, so it provides an essential service to chiropractic patients. Some of the most commonly used chiropractic treatments for sciatica include the following:
• Spinal manipulation: This treatment will restricted spinal movement in order to correct vertebral bodies that are misaligned. It can also help to reduce irritability of the nerves that can cause pain, muscle spasm, and inflammation.
• TENS: The use of a TENS unit can help to stimulate the muscles, and this can ultimately reduce acute pain and muscle spasms.
• Ultrasound: An ultrasound can use heat to penetrate into the deep tissues, and this strategy can be used to increase circulation and reduce stiffness, cramping, pain, and muscle spasms.
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