Chiropractic for Sciatica Pain
Sciatica is a common issue that we treat at Restoration Chiropractic. It reportedly affects more than 3 million people per year in the United States.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is characterized by pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back. It’s usually caused when a herniated disk or bone spur in the spine presses on the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain, and often some numbness in the affected leg. It also generally only affects one side of the body.
How is sciatica treated?
Many doctors will prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesics, muscle relaxants, steroids, or nerve pain medication to help with sciatica. While this can reduce pain caused from sciatica, it’s only a temporary fix as it doesn’t address the root cause.
Chiropractic for sciatica pain
Chiropractic has been proven through research to be a highly effective treatment for sciatica. Not only does it help reduce pain, it targets the root cause of the issue which leads to healing and lasting relief.
Research supporting chiropractic for sciatica
“Low force chiropractic care of two patients with sciatic neuropathy and lumbar disc herniation,” is a great study that shows the effectiveness of chiropractic for sciatica. The study was conducted by Richards GL et al. Am J Chiro Med. Below is a short piece from the study:
“Two patients with sciatic neuropathy and confirmed disc herniation were treated with low force treatment regimen consisting of Activator instrument adjusting, pelvic blocking, high voltage galvanic current and exercises. Follow up CAT scans in the first case revealed complete absence of disc herniation. The second case follow up scan revealed the continued presence of a silent disc bulge at the L3-4 level and partial decrease in a herniation at the L4-5 level. The bulge appeared to have shifted away from the nerve root. Both patients’ pain levels decreased from severe to minimal. The patients regained the ability to stand, sit and walk for longer periods without discomfort. Lifting tasks also became easier. The patients were able to return to full work capacity at three and nine months respectively.”
Another study proving the effectiveness of chiropractic for relieving sciatica is, “From Mobilization of the Spine (1984),” by Grieve GP Churchill Livingston, London/New York, 4th edition, 22-23.
“All those experienced in manipulation can report numerous examples of migrainous headaches, disequilibrium (vertigo), subjective visual disturbances, feelings of retro-orbital pressure, dysphagia, dysphonia, heaviness of a limb, extra segmental paraesthesia, restriction of respiratory excursion, abdominal nausea and the cold sciatic leg being relieved by manual or mechanical treatment of the vertebral column.”
If you are suffering from sciatica, chiropractic is a proven treatment method that’s all natural and targets the root cause of pain.
We invite you to schedule an appointment with our office to receive a comprehensive consultation where one of our doctors can assess your situation, diagnose the root cause of pain, and get you on started on a treatment plan to help relieve pain and discomfort!