The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your pelvis, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. The sciatic nerve branches into smaller nerves as it travels down the legs providing feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of the muscles in your lower legs. The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a distracting pain that begins in the lower back and extends down one or both legs. It typically worsens with periods of sitting or standing. Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Sciatica may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. This pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It’s likely to be worse when you sit, cough or sneeze. The discs between the spinal bones of the lower back are often involved. Trauma can cause one or more discs to bulge. This crowds nearby nerves, causing irritation and inflammation. Coughing, sneezing or other kinds of movement can be painful. If neglected, the nerve irritation extends down one or both legs along the sciatic nerves. The pain appears in the leg, but the culprit is often the lower back!
Chiropractic Can Help!
Fortunately, improving joint motion in the lower back with a program of chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy has produced results for many people. It all starts with a consultation and thorough examination. If we think we can help, we’ll tell you. And if we don’t think we can help, we’ll tell you that too and refer you to someone we think can. Contact us to see if we can help you today!
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Sciatica
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, running from your pelvis, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. One of the most common kinds of pain people may experience in life is sciatica. Up to 40% of the population are affected by sciatica and the pain can be excruciating for some. Lumbar radiculopathy is the medical term for sciatica and refers to the symptoms experienced and is not a medical diagnosis. Typical symptoms can include shooting pain on one side of the body that can begin in the lower back and extend to the toes, leg pain that increases when sitting, tingling or burning in the legs and numbness, weakness or trouble moving the leg or foot. Even though sciatica can be a painful part of life, chiropractic care is a natural way to address pain and treat the symptoms.
Chiropractic care works by using manual adjustments to align the spine, along with other complementary forms of holistic treatment to encourage healing naturally. Since the spine covers the nervous system, which controls all bodily cells, tissues and organs, when the spine is in perfect alignment, this restores proper movement and lessens aggravation on joints, muscles and ligaments. In order to determine the cause of pain, it is important to have a thorough exam and review of medical history. Along with chiropractic treatment, other forms of treatment may also be used in tandem to offer a comprehensive result.
Chiropractic massage can relax muscles and release endorphins which can serve as natural pain relief. Traditional spa massage is different from chiropractic massage in that it is meant to ease tension and sore muscles whereas chiropractic massage is intended to heal sciatica directly.
Cold Heat Treatment
The method of treatment between hot and cold can also help in the treatment of sciatica. In the process of using heat as a treatment, the heat will be able to release the tight muscles and make the pain fade away. Cold treatment on the other hand, will slow the blood flow and help relieve any forms of inflammation. The chiropractor will dictate which ones to use depending on the severity of the condition.
Ultrasound treatment works by the heat generated by sound waves. These waves penetrate into the body’s tissues and help to lessen muscle cramps and pain, lessen muscle spasms and improve blood circulation.
Spinal Decompression is a form of treatment that can help in the process of compressing the nerves in the spine to relieve sciatica. When the discs in your spine begin to wear out or lose some of the lubricating gel in between each other, spinal decompression can relieve compression and pain on the nerves. By lengthening the spine through spinal decompression, this provides more space for the vertebrae.
Even though sciatica pain may be common, it should not have to be part of your life. Chiropractic care can be the nonsurgical and medication free treatment that relieves the sciatica pain you have been dealing with. With accurate diagnosis and uniquely geared treatment, you can return back to feeling more like yourself again without troublesome pain.
Harbourside Chiropractic In Jupiter Florida
Harbourside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation has been Jupiter Florida’s first choice for Chiropractic Care, comprehensive Physical Therapy and overall wellness since 2011. Dr. Brogna and the staff at Harbourside Chiropractic provide their clients with the most advanced non-surgical options to eliminate lingering pain issues, heal injuries, increase athletic performance or simply just feel better in their overall health.
At Harbourside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation chiropractic care is often combined with physical therapy and massage therapy techniques to help relieve the musculoskeletal complaint as quickly and easily as possible with the minimum amount of discomfort for the patient. Dr. Brogna uses a procedure called a “spinal manipulation” to correct these misalignments. The manipulation restores joint mobility by applying a force into the joints that have become “stuck” or “restricted.” This force restores their proper movement and allows healing to occur. Oftentimes these misalignments occur due to a number of different circumstances. It can be an injury, stress, or even poor posture. This misalignment can start with a specific activity like lifting something too heavy to repetitive stresses such as sitting in an awkward position with poor posture for an extended period of time. The injured joint/tissue/muscle undergoes changes when injured including inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the person suffering. Manipulation of the affected joint and tissue restore mobility which alleviates pain and muscle tightness allowing the joint/tissue/muscle to then heal.