Find Relief from Sciatic Nerve Pain with Chiropractic Care in Bucks County
Radiculopathy, more commonly known as sciatica, is a painful way to live. Luckily, you can find relief with natural treatments like chiropractic care. First, here’s a quick overview of the sciatic nerve so you have a little understanding of its function in your body.
The Sciatic Nerve Runs Through Your Legs
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. Nerve roots converge to form this nerve that runs from the lower back down the buttocks onto the leg and ending at the foot. Some of the symptoms one might experience include pain that is sharp and radiates and worsens with sitting, numbness (that “pins and needles” sensation), burning and muscle weakness. Other symptoms include loss of feeling, paralysis of single limb and insomnia. Sciatica is seen most frequently in people ages 30 to 50.
What Causes Sciatica?
- Herniated disc or bulging disc – This is the most common cause of sciatica.
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Isthmis Spondyloisthesis – Small stress fracture allows one vertebrae to slip forward on another.
- Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – Narrowing of the spinal canal and usually seen in adults over age 60.
- Piriformis Syndrome – Irritated sciatic nerve that runs under the piriformis muscle in the buttock.
- Sacroliac Joint Dysfunction – Irritation of the sacroiliac joint located at the bottom of the spine.
- Others: pregnancy, scar tissue, muscle strain, spinal tumor and infection.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help?
The overall goal of your chiropractor and their chiropractic wellness center is to help your body’s potential to heal itself and is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and a reduction in function and performance.
The first step your chiropractor will take is the proper diagnosis of the cause of sciatic nerve pain. He/she will conduct a thoughtful review of your medical history as well as a physical and neurological examination. Diagnostic testing such as x-ray, MRI, CT Scan may be utilized, all with a mind toward determining any contraindications to spinal adjustments or other chiropractic therapies. Your chiropractor recognizes an individualized treatment plan is paramount in helping you achieve pain relief.
The modalities of chiropractic treatment may include:
- Ice/cold Therapy – reduces inflammation.
- TENS Unit – electrical nerve stimulation.
- Spinal Manipulation – helps reduce nerve irritability.
- Ultrasound – gentle heat created by sound waves that penetrate deep into affected tissues.
- Non-surgical Spinal Decompression
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