Facts About Sciatica
It is important to understand that sciatica is not a diagnosis in and of itself. Rather, the term sciatica is a name given for particular symptoms that are caused from a different underlying condition.
Think of it this way, if you get a splinter in your finger, it will begin to hurt. That pain you feel in your finger is like sciatica, however, you must discover the main cause (the splinter) that is actually causing the distress.
What are the most common causes of sciatica?
Herniated discs (also known as slipped discs or pinched nerves) occurs when the soft, jelly-like substance inside your discs breaks out and leaks onto the exterior part of your spine's discs. This causes irritation and pain to the surrounding area.
- Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
Over time with age, a disc may weaken to the point that it begins to irritate nearby roots and lead to sciatica.
Bone spurs can also occur during DDD. They are distinct, rub against the nerves, and can be extremely painful.
If you endure a small spinal fracture, thus having one vertebrae slip forward onto a different one, this disc space collapse can lead to a pinched nerve and result in sciatica.
This term refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal. Lumbar spinal stenosis tends to be linked to aging (typically 60 or older) and spinal arthritis.
The position of the baby or the additional weight can add pressure and strain the sciatic nerve and display symptoms of sciatica.
Quick jolts or repetitive strain on your lower back can lead to inflammation and pressure to your sciatic nerve.
If scar tissue reaches the point that it is compressing onto a nerve root, it can lead to sciatica.
Chiropractic Treatment Methods
Chiropractic care is effective when it comes to treating sciatica and its symptoms for our Greensboro patients.
Methods that chiropractors typically use for sciatica include:
Spinal manipulations are at the core of chiropractic treatment. The adjustment liberates limited activity of the spine and allows to recover out of alignment vertebral bodies to their appropriate position in the backbone.
Adjustment techniques vary from a swift high velocity thrust to those that combine little force and soothing stress. Mastery of each technique is an art that requires great skill and precision. Spinal manipulation is a therapy that differentiates chiropractic care from other medical disciplines.
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression will slowly and safely stretch your backbone creating a negative pressure between your vertebrae. This slow, steady pull of the back causes bulged discs to retract, while increasing local blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to any cells.
The results are less pain and better mobility over time with multiple decompression sessions.
This therapy decreases swelling and eases sciatic nerve sensors pain.
An ultrasound soothes cells through sound waves. It improves circulation and minimizes swelling, stiffness, and pain.
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation is a small, box-like battery powered, portable muscular stimulating machine. Variable intensities of electrical current through the wires and pads can alleviate acute pain.
Performing certain stretches and exercises can help with Sciatica by reducing swelling, increasing flexibility, and strengthening the muscle tissue that surround your backbone and give it the support it needs to protect the back again naturally.
Also, preventing obesity, which can add significant extra stress to your spine, can be achieved by exercising.
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Remember, sciatica itself is a symptom of some other condition. While treating sciatica is important, it is essential to receive professional medical care to discover what is causing sciatica.
Every person in this world is different, and since sciatica can be a multitude of conditions, choose a reliable and experienced Greensboro chiropractor that can give you the specific attention and care you deserve.
At Cobb Chiropractic, we will give you the personalized care you need to alleviate your sciatica and return to a happy, pain-free lifestyle again.