Back Pain, Sciatica, And A Visit To The Chiropractor
We all feel a little backache now and then, one that, with a few stretches goes away but not all the time. Back pain can be caused by a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s poor posture, a slipped disc, an impinged nerve, or something even more serious.
One cause of back pain is sciatica. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, starting at the lower back down to the buttocks, and further down the back of each leg. The most common symptom of sciatica is a pain that radiates from your lower back and following the length of the sciatic nerve. The pain can be sporadic and bothersome or constant and debilitating.
Other symptoms include the worsening of the pain when you sit, a sharp and jolting pain that make it hard to stand up or walk, weakness and numbing of the affected leg, foot, and/or toes. Sciatic nerve pain usually affects only one leg and rarely both legs.
The causes of sciatica are usually due to a herniated disc or a bone spur on the spine. Sometimes, pregnancy can also induce pain as the growing baby compress surrounding organs and irritate the sciatic nerve. An injury, tumor, infection in the lumbar spine area as well as damage as a result of conditions like diabetes can cause sciatica.
A chiropractor can diagnose the root cause of your sciatic nerve pain after reviewing your medical history. You will be provided with a personalized treatment plan that may include a combination of ice and cold therapy, ultrasound, and spinal manipulations or adjustments.
Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments can help relieve back pain and sciatica. As much as 60% of patient with sciatica has found the same level of relief from their regular spinal manipulations by a chiropractor compared to those who eventually underwent surgery.