Chiropractic and Sciatica Treatment: Symptoms, Options and Limitations

Sciatica is the specific kind of leg pain that generates in or affects the sciatic nerve in the lower back and the back of the leg. In other words, any pain in the sciatic nerve that extends from the lower back to the legs is commonly referred to as sciatica.

The condition the terms also includes the sensation of tingling and numbness as well as weakness in addition to the pain sensations.

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Symptoms of Sciatica Nerve Pain

The symptoms of the sciatic nerve pain include the following:

  • A stinging or a constant pain in the buttocks, side of the buttocks or the legs is a symptom of sciatica. The pain rarely occurs in both the legs simultaneously.
  • The pain being experienced worsens when the individual tries to sit down.
  • A sensation of burning or strong tingling in the leg or the sciatica region of the body is also a sign.
  • Another symptom of sciatica is difficulty in standing up or standing straight due to a shooting pain.

Treating Sciatica with Chiropractic Methods:

A proper chiropractic examination, which also includes a neurological exam, is needed to access the exact state and cause of the sciatica pain. Determining the cause as exactly and closely as possible is essential to developing a proper plan of treatment.

The sciatica nerve pain in most cases arises due to a disc injury. It is thus best immediately to stop exerting the disc any further. The chiropractic adjustment of the disc or a proper spinal adjustment may be in order to get rid of the restriction in movement that comes about, along with the pain.

Sometimes the cause of the pain can also be a misaligned vertebral or the misalignment of the pelvis. An experienced and knowledgeable chiropractor will know the exact adjustment needed to bring the respective organ into alignment to relive the pain. Muscle spasms, contraction etc are also probable causes of the sciatica nerve pain. These are all structural issues and hence a structural treatment by the chiropractor is in order to treat the issue.

Most of muscle adjustment, re- alignments and manipulation of different parts/ nerves/ organs are not supposed to be painful. A professional can implement the manipulations in a safe and an extremely effective manner.

Limitation of Chiropractic Techniques:

An individual suffering from intense pain of the sciatica nerve may want to get instant relief from the pain. Such instant relief is possible only with the use of drugs/ medications. No chiropractic adjustment can be banked upon to bring quick and instant relief. In fact, chiropractic adjustments require considerable amount of patience and time. This may seem like a limitation to the individual suffering from the pain.

In addition, there are instances when the cause of the sciatica pain may not be structural at all. In such a situation, depending completely on the chiropractor may be a mistake. It is best to consult a doctor who works in coordination with a chiropractor to deliver the proper mode of treatment. The use of chiropractic techniques is thus limited to only structural issues.