Our team of experienced doctors sees a fair amount of Sciatic pain at our Atlanta Chiropractic clinic.
The Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, in both diameter and length.
It also happens to be one of the few nerves that exist on the outside of your body, around your pelvis, and passes between, under and over some of the muscles and ligaments that exist in the gluteal region of your body.
From there, it passes around the back of your thigh before separating at your knee and then enervating your feet and legs.
Treating Sciatica with Chiropractic
The concept of Sciatic pain refers to a particular type of discomfort that derives from irritation of the Sciatic nerve and originates from a number of sources, including:
- muscle strain
- ligament sprain
- lumbar disc problems.
There are a variety of ways our Chiropractors go about treating Sciatic pain, all of which are dedicated to addressing the cause of the problem while offering immediate pain relief.
Take a look at some of the ways we typically treat this condition to understand more about your options and to make a more informed decision about what’s best for you.
Of course, setting up an appointment with us or coming into our Atlanta office is the first step toward recovery. Once you can consult with your doctor and they have followed through with a complete examination, you may be able to consider the following treatment options, depending on the extent of your Sciatic pain.
Most forms and types of treatment offered by our Chiropractors are in fact, non-surgical. The point of this is to relieve pain and address any existing neurological symptoms that are caused by a compressed nerve root, without exposing your body to traumatic physical stress.
For mild forms of Sciatic pain, your doctor may recommend applying a controlled combination of heat and ice. This routine can help alleviate leg pain, especially during the first stages of development
Just use either a heating pad or ice pack to the sensitive area for 20 minutes at a time and repeat every two hours.
Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
Studies show that 60% of patients who suffer from Sciatica and use spinal manipulation for treatment experience the same degree of pain relief as those who use surgical procedures, according to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.
Spinal adjustments are considered to be the core of Chiropractic care and help loosen restricted movement of the spine to restore misaligned cerebral bodies to their proper position.
These adjustments contribute to reducing nerve irritability that is responsible for causing muscle spasms, inflammation, pain, and other symptoms connected to Sciatica.
Adjustments are not painful and should not be a source of stress or intimidation if you are suffering from Sciatic pain.
Using an Ultrasound to treat Sciatica is safe and straight forward. This device uses gentle heat that is generated by sound waves, which can penetrate deep into your tissue.
Such waves help increase your circulation and reduce cramping, stiffness, pain, and muscle spasms.
Acupuncture to Treat Sciatic Symptoms
This particular treatment method is focused on the philosophy of maintaining or achieving well-being through the direct flow of energy that originates from specific pathways throughout your body.
While your mind may conjure up images of someone laying on a table with needles sticking out of their body, Acupuncture is usually seamless and is always pain-.
In fact, the U.S. FDA has approved the use of Acupuncture as a viable means of relieving back pain connected to Sciatica.