Sciatica is the term used to describe a specific type of lower back pain that can shoot through your hip, buttocks, and leg and generally only affects one side of your body at a time. It is called this because the pain is caused by injury or damage to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is in your lower back and can be affected by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or bone spur. There are a variety of sciatica pain treatment options that are natural, non-invasive, and do not rely on medications to mask your pain. Sciatica pain can range from mild to severe, and the pain may feel dull and aching or sharp and burning.
Sciatica is commonly associated with spinal issues that develop with age and can be exacerbated by pressure on the spine like weight gain and diabetes. Other risk factors for sciatica include working in a job that may put extra pressure on your back due to heavy lifting, repetitive twisting, or even standing or sitting for long periods of time. If you experience sciatica and start to notice symptoms getting worse then there are sciatica pain treatment options available.
Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
A chiropractor will help to manage your sciatica pain while also addressing the root cause. Chiropractic care has had essential breakthroughs in its years of existence. Chiropractors can assess your spine to identify any misalignments that may be causing sciatica. A spinal misalignment might be a slipped disc that is putting pressure on the sciatic nerve in your lower back. Chiropractic adjustments are a gentle yet effective technique for restoring a herniated disc to its proper position. When your spine is properly aligned you will practice better posture and allow your spine to more effectively communicate with the rest of your body.
Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal, which happens over time and can start to compress the sciatic nerve. Your chiropractor can determine if you are experiencing spinal stenosis and use adjustments and other chiropractic techniques to help relieve your pain. If spinal stenosis isn’t the cause of your sciatica then your chiropractor may also help improve functioning and decrease your sciatica pain.
Stretches and Exercises for Sciatica
Your doctor may also recommend stretches and exercises to help better manage sciatica because stronger muscles can help better support your lower back and keep pressure off your sciatic nerve. Stretches can help address tense, stiff muscles that may be adding to your pain. General wear and tear on the body and chronic sciatica may cause your lower back to be less flexible over time. Exercises can target your hip and back muscles to make them stronger so they can better balance and distribute your weight.
There are also ways to practice stretches, exercises, and proper posture at home to help prevent further sciatica pain. Your doctor can recommend specific techniques to try out when you’ve been sitting for a long time while on the job. Focusing on your posture helps to maintain a healthy distribution of pressure along your spine. Your doctor may also recommend alternating ice and heat on your lower back, especially when sciatica flares up or after prescribed home exercises.
Soft Wave Therapy for Sciatica
Soft wave therapy is a type of regenerative medicine that offers a cutting-edge approach to pain relief and healing. Alan Nathans Family Chiropractic offers soft wave therapy for sciatica pain treatment as a natural, therapeutic approach that does not rely on any medications or surgical interventions to the spine. Instead, this type of sciatica pain treatment sends sound waves directly into the affected area, in this case, the lower back and the sciatic nerve. These sound waves prompt your body to react with its natural healing response, sending fresh nutrients and oxygen-rich blood flow to the area. This type of treatment also addresses the root cause of your sciatica while helping to reduce your pain symptoms. Instead of living with chronic pain in your lower back, soft wave therapy can help improve your functioning and even help you to recover faster than with other, more traditional methods.
Alan Nathans Family Chiropractic in Jacksonville, Florida, offers natural, non-invasive treatment approaches to address many different types of pain, including sciatica. Schedule an appointment to find out more about how these gentle, safe, and effective approaches to sciatica can help bring you lasting pain relief and healing.