Chiropractic care — spinal manipulation to treat sciatica pain
Sciatica is a term used to describe the compression of the sciatic nerve in your lower back due to a spine condition. The compression of the sciatic nerve often results in pain, numbness and tingling in the lower back, buttock and leg. Severe cases of sciatica even extend from the lower back all the way to the feet, causing a significant decrease in quality of life and the ability to perform daily activities.
If you are suffering from sciatica pain, you understand the frustration of not being able to do your normal activities without back pain. Maybe your pain is so intense that you can’t perform these activities at all. Whatever your experience with sciatica, our care team at Laser Spine Institute wants to help you find relief from your chronic pain.
The first step in finding pain relief from your sciatica is to try conservative treatment methods. All patients must try conservative treatment methods to find pain relief before undergoing surgery for back pain. This is because most mild spine conditions can be treated effectively with conservative treatment, such as chiropractic care. If you have been diagnosed with sciatica, start researching chiropractic treatments to help alleviate your chronic pain.
Spinal manipulation for sciatica treatment
Chiropractic treatment often takes the form of spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation is less complex than the term implies; it simply means a very precise movement that realigns the vertebrae and discs of the spine.
Sciatica pain is often caused by a spine condition the results in the compression of the sciatic nerve — a component of the spine is out of alignment and has impacted a local nerve. This can be caused by several spine conditions, including a herniated or bulging disc.
Spinal manipulation focuses on moving the components of the spine back into alignment. For sciatica, this method of treatment would be very effective because it would help to readjust the spine and decompress the sciatic nerve. Mild cases of sciatica respond very well to spinal manipulation by a chiropractor.
However, not all patients with sciatica find relief from chiropractic care. More severe cases may need surgical attention to treat their spine condition. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer several minimally invasive procedures to help treat sciatica and the associated spine conditions. Our care team can help inform you about the treatment options available to you so you can make the best decision regarding your spine care needs.