Sciatica: How Chiropractic Can Relieve Pain
Sciatica is a term used to describe pain caused by irritation to a major nerve in the lower body called the sciatic nerve. Stretching from the lower back and into the legs and knees, pressure placed on this nerve can cause numbness, tingling and severe pain. Fortunately, sciatica itself is not a disorder, but merely symptomatic of an underlying musculoskeletal issue that may be easily treated with chiropractic.
Chiropractic addresses the underlying cause of sciatica, which is often found to be misalignment of the spine or a herniated disc. These issues may be brought on by a sudden injury or a prolonged condition such as pregnancy. Irritation may also develop gradually due to poor posture or frequently sitting on a back pocket wallet. Occasionally, sciatic nerve compression is the result of a non-spinal disorder, such as diabetes or a tumor.
Sciatic nerve pain may be different for everyone, with some experiencing it sporadically and others suffering from chronic pain that radiates through the back, buttocks, legs and feet. The discomfort is typically isolated to one side of the body – usually on the right or left hip, buttock and thigh. It is also generally limited to the back of the body, felt behind the thighs rather than in the front.
Bellevue Chiropractor Treats Sciatic Nerve Pain
If you are experiencing a pins and needles sensation, pain, numbness or other symptoms of sciatica, you do not have to continue living with discomfort. At Chiropractic of Bellevue, we treat many patients with sciatica, providing fast relief that lasts. Our chiropractor will perform a thorough physical examination and diagnose the cause of your sciatica symptoms. In some cases, diagnostic imaging and x-rays may be necessary to verify the source of sciatic nerve pain.
Most patients with sciatica qualify for chiropractic treatment. We use a natural, non-invasive approach to facilitate healing from the inside out. Gentle manipulation of the spine, hips and joints helps to minimize pain, reduce inflammation, and relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. Adjustments are generally painless, yet many patients experience noticeable relief after just one treatment.
We often recommend supplementing spinal adjustments with other treatments, such as massage or at-home corrective exercises. Massage helps to loosen and stretch muscles, such as the piriformis muscle, which may put pressure on the sciatic nerve when tense. Similarly, we teach our patients how to perform corrective exercises that are specifically designed to open the hips, stretch the gluteal muscles and relieve pressure on the lower back.
Even mild sciatica should be treated as quickly as possible. Our methods are safe and have been proven effective in the treatment of sciatica. If you are in search of a drug-free way of relieving your sciatic nerve pain, contact our Bellevue office to schedule a consultation with a chiropractor right away. We look forward to speaking with you soon.