Chiropractic treatments for sciatica include Cryofos therapy and laser therapy
Sciatica is one of those conditions that chiropractors frequently address within our practices. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It starts in your lower back and splits to run through your hips, buttocks, legs, and feet on both sides. Patients who suffer from sciatica typically experience a shooting pain from the lower back, through the buttock, and down the back of either leg.
Many people misunderstand this condition and tend to misdiagnose themselves with sciatica. This is due to the widespread belief that sciatica relates to any type of back pain, whereas in truth, sciatica is not only limited to the back. In fact, the sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when a patient’s sciatic nerve is being compressed by another spinal structure, usually resulting in pain in the low back, on one side of the buttock and/or down the back of the leg. Sciatic nerve irritation usually occurs at the L5 or S1 level of the spine. It is important to view sciatica as a series of symptoms rather than as a diagnosis for what is causing the pain. There are several low back problems that can cause sciatica. These include:
- Lumbar disc herniation: this occurs when the inner core of a spinal disc in the low back begins to place pressure on a nerve root; this is also known as a pinched nerve, slipped disc, bulging disc or protruding disc.
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease: when the discs in your low back are weakened, they may allow excess motion in the spine which can cause irritation of the nerve roots.
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis – this is a condition in which one of the bones in your vertebra slides forward or backward over the adjacent bone. This may also lead to a pinched a nerve root.
- Lumbar spinal stenosis – This describes a narrowing of the spinal canal in the low back and sometimes is the result of a bone spur.
- Lumbar subluxation – a term describing an altered position of the vertebra in the low back.
Sciatica differs from patient to patient
Each patient’s sciatica experience is unique to them. Sciatica can present itself in many ways from patient to patient. Some patients may describe a shooting pain that runs from the low back and down the back of each leg whereas other patients may experience this pain extending all the way through to their toes. Similarly, there are also cases where patients describe a tingling and/or a burning or prickly sensation only occurring on one side of the body. The type of sciatic pain a person experiences depends greatly on the location of the nerve compression.
This pain can range in severity and may be intensified by sitting for extended periods of time.
Chiropractic care for sciatica
Seeking chiropractic care for these symptoms can be a great help in providing some relief. Chiropractic addresses sciatica symptoms in a manner which is both safe and natural by means of gentle manipulations and adjustments as well as other methods using assisted devices such as Cryofos (cold therapy) and laser therapy.
A chiropractor can be a great help in releasing that sciatic nerve from compression and thus providing you with that much-needed relief. If you believe you may be suffering from sciatica, contact Modern Chiropractic and Pain Relief today!