Generically speaking, sciatica is pain that originates in the lower back and radiates down either or both legs. The pain can sometimes travel down the back, front or outside of the leg.
Sciatica is a condition that can become progressively worse if not treated since it is associated with the nerve pain.
It can be easily treated if patient seeks chiropractic care at early stages when the pain is still minor and not very severe. If the pain is severe, it may take longer to treat it but it is better to seek treatment and avoid lasting harm.
we will talk about symptoms, causes and treatment, frequently asked questions about Sciatica treatment and instructions to book an appointment.
Symptoms of sciatica
Symptoms of sciatica include pain that radiates into the lower extremity. The pain can be intense and may radiate along the nerve pathway. Other sciatica symptoms can include numbness, tingling, weakness, burning sensations, and even muscle cramps. In severe cases, a person may experience difficulty standing up or walking due to the pain.
Causes of sciatica
Sciatica can be caused by a disc lesion, (herniation or bulging), but can also be caused by bone spurs that are the result of dysfunction and subsequent degeneration in the vertebral bones.
Long Term Problems Due To Ignoring Sciatica
The risks associated with long term sciatica is harm to the nerve that is being irritated. This can result in permanent pain, weakness and numbing in the affected nerve path.
Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica in Lynnwood
Chiropractic treatment helps the body heal itself, without the use of drugs or surgical (invasive) methods. Depending on the type of sciatic pain and the patient’s medical history, a chiropractor can use various treatments. Some of these include:
- Spinal manipulations/adjustments
- Cold therapy
Spinal manipulations are at the core of this type of treatment. With gentle pressure and little force, a chiropractor will realign the spine. The ultrasound relies on sound waves to boost blood circulation and reduce pain, inflammation, spasms, and cramping. While cold therapy is specifically tailored towards managing the pain and reducing the inflammation.
Sciatic Nerve Variations
Two types of nerve disturbances
- Compressed lesion – A compressed lesion is the term for a typically thought of “pinched nerve”. This is quite rare in reality.
- Facilitative lesion – A facilitative lesion refers to a nerve that is stretched, twisted or rubbed by another structure.