If you have pain that radiates down the back of your leg or a tingling numbness that extends down to your feet, you may have a compressed (or “pinched”) nerve. This symptom, known as sciatica, is often caused by a herniated or slipped disc, but it could also be the result of a muscle spasm deep in your buttocks, misalignment of the pelvis or vertebra, or a condition called spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal). Regardless of how it develops, sciatic nerve pain is difficult to live with and can significantly impact your quality of life. The good news is that chiropractic therapy can help treat the symptoms of sciatica.
Chiropractic treatment for sciatic pain
Your chiropractor can help determine the cause of your sciatic pain through a review of your medical history and comprehensive physical and neurological examinations. The type of treatment chosen to relieve your sciatica will be determined by what the chiropractor finds during the diagnostic process.
Chiropractic treatment options for sciatica include:
When the root cause of your sciatic nerve pain is a muscle spasm or a misaligned pelvis or vertebra, spinal manipulation can restore alignment and relieve nerve compression. Chiropractic adjustments for sciatica are gentle and often result in significant pain relief.
Ultrasound therapy delivers sonic waves through a wand into your skin, causing vibrations in the soft tissue. These vibrations help relax muscle tissue, increase blood flow, and enhance the range of motion for improved stretching and rehabilitation. This can help relieve sciatic pain caused by excessive inflammation or muscle spasms.
The transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine helps to relieve sciatic nerve pain by pumping low levels of electricity into the treatment area. This prevents the pain signals from reaching the brain and aids in the release of endorphins. Although TENS therapy is not a cure for the root cause of sciatic nerve pain, it can be used as a safe, drug-free method of pain reduction, and it works well with other chiropractic therapies.
One form of treatment that your chiropractor may recommend that you do at home is to alternate the application of heat and ice to your back and legs. A heating pad helps to relax muscles and increase blood flow to the area, thus supporting your body’s natural healing process. Ice can reduce swelling of the sciatic nerve and provide temporary pain relief. Alternating hot and cold compressions has proven beneficial to many who suffer from sciatica.
Suffering from sciatica? Dr. Loy can help
At Loy Chiropractic Arts in Solana Beach, we know how painful sciatica can become, and we want to help. Not only will we provide you with chiropractic care to relieve your pain, but we’ll also identify and correct the conditions causing it. If you’re looking for a drug-free, non-invasive solution to your symptoms of sciatica, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Loy uses his skill, experience, and dedication to whole body wellness to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient, and he’ll do the same for you. Give us a call at (858) 436-7162 to schedule an appointment.