Sciatica is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that include numbness, tingling, and pain in the lower back, buttocks, or radiating down one or both legs all the way to the feet – all due to compression of the sciatic nerve. The symptoms of sciatic nerve compression, also known as radiculopathy, can be caused by a variety of degenerative spine conditions. Regardless of the cause of your sciatica symptoms, if you are researching treatment options, you may come across chiropractic treatment of sciatica as a popular choice.
Manual Manipulation for Sciatica
The chiropractic treatment of sciatica typically involves your chiropractor performing a procedure called manual manipulation, or adjustments. This procedure involves mobilizing and flexing spinal joints in order to correct misalignments in the vertebrae. This can relieve pressure on the spinal nerves, especially the sciatic nerve, and can in turn ease the pain, stinging, numbness, and other symptoms associated with sciatica. Your chiropractor may ask you to come in for a number of treatment sessions over the course of a few months, but spinal adjustments have been shown to be an effective, yet temporary, treatment option for many individuals suffering from sciatica.
However, sciatica can be caused by other conditions that manual manipulation and other chiropractic treatments simply can’t treat. If this is the situation you’re faced with, or you just haven’t seen the results you want from chiropractic procedures and other conservative treatments like exercise, physical therapy, hot/cold therapy, and others, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Whether your back pain is caused by sciatica, or you’re dealing with back or neck pain due to facet disease, a herniated or bulging disc, or some other degenerative spine condition, our advanced outpatient procedures may be able to help you rediscover your life without back pain.