Can a Chiropractor Help With Sciatica?
If you or a loved one live with Sciatica, you know the pain can get unbearable. It is easy to get caught up in pain relief methods that don't work just because you are looking for quick relief. Seeing a Chiropractor is a great approach for not only pain relief but additional treatments to reduce symptoms and identify the triggers. It is especially true for those who feel as if there is nothing that will work for their Sciatic pain.
There have been excellent results with patients who chose Chiropractic care for their Sciatica.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a form of pain that affects the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve goes through your lower back and down the back of both legs. There are several possible signs of Sciatica.
The signs include:
- Lower back pain.
- Leg pain.
- Weakness in the leg or foot.
- A burning sensation down the leg.
Sciatica can present itself differently in everyone who has it. Some people report only occasional pain that is not necessarily debilitating, but it is more often intense and disabling for many others.
Chiropractic Care and Sciatica
If you live with Sciatica, the odds are you have tried countless methods of relieving the pain. If you are tired of trying pain relief methods that are not successful, you should consider Chiropractic care. Visiting a Chiropractor for Sciatica relief is common because it is one of few options that do not involve pain medication.
The good news about seeking chiropractic care for your Sciatica is you do not need a referral to see one. This makes it easier to obtain the specialized treatment you need. Chiropractors use many treatment methods for Sciatica such as soft tissue manipulation, laser therapy, active release technique and manual adjustments. In some cases, your chiropractor may even combine multiple treatment methods to achieve the best results.
The pain relief method they choose is specific to the patient they are treating. It is important to be open and honest about any pain you may be feeling during your first consultation.
How Can a Chiropractor Help With Sciatica?
When you visit a chiropractor, they will evaluate your pain and determine a specific treatment plan for you. They may ask questions about your pain levels and where the most pain occurs. Sometimes they will also have an X-ray taken to understand your pain the best they can. An x-ray can show if the sciatica nerve is getting pinched.
All of this is done to assure you have the best possible outcome for your sciatic pain relief. If the Chiropractor feels it is appropriate for your situation, they might advise you to do some exercises at home to increase your strength and manage your pain. For effective, long-lasting results from your treatment, you should plan to take multiple visits to your chiropractor to complete your entire treatment plan. Failing to do may cause your pain to return after some time.
When to Consider Seeing a Chiropractor for Sciatica
- The pain is unbearable
- Other pain management methods are not working
- You wish to avoid medication based pain management
- You struggle to perform daily movements due to the pain
Unlike medicine, Chiropractic care trains your body to heal itself. This is often the better route to go because you don't need to rely on medication to ease your daily pain. In addition, it is healthier long-term not to need pain medication to be comfortable doing everyday activities.
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