Can chiropractic treatment help to relieve sciatica?
Chiropractic treatment can bring a great deal of relief to many conditions from headaches to severe back pain, but it’s particularly useful in the treatment of sciatica.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica gets its name from the sciatic nerve which runs from your lower back, all the way down both legs, right to your toes.
Pain can be felt in your lower back, your hips, or even all the way down your leg to your foot; some people report pain only in their shoulder or just on the sole of their foot. Symptoms can vary widely, and so can the type of sensations felt, from stabbing pain down the leg, tingling, burning and numbness, to mild pins and needles.
The causes of sciatica can be equally varied, from a slipped disc to muscle knots in the buttocks.
Sciatica pain and its cause can be as individual as you are, so a Chiropractor will never start treatment without giving you a thorough examination to determine what’s going on.
Your Chiropractor will do an initial consultation, discussing your symptoms and your medical history and will then do a physical examination, and possibly x-rays, gait analysis/optogait, an MRI or a CT scan, depending on what they feel you need.
While most causes of sciatica can be helped with chiropractic treatment, not every disorder will respond to the treatment and surgery may be needed. If this is the case, any reputable Chiropractor will refer you to another specialist who can help, or may implement a treatment program where the Chiropractor and the specialist work together on your treatment to give you the best outcome possible.
Your treatment will be individually tailored to you, your body and your symptoms, and may involve several complementary types of treatment.
Spinal adjustment is the best known chiropractic treatment and your therapist will manipulate your body to realign vertebrae and free the movement of your spine. This can reduce the irritation of the sciatic nerve and calm muscle spasms.
You may also receive ultrasound treatment which can increase your circulation and reduce any swelling, ice therapy which reduces inflammation, or perhaps treatment via a TENS unit, which stimulates the muscles with electrical current to help control your pain.
Whichever treatment you receive will be safe, non-surgical and drug-free. To book your consultation and make a start on the path to recovery, call us on 646-770-0916 or visit our website to book online.