When sciatica strikes, it can stop you in your tracks. This painful condition can make you miserable, interfering with your ability to work, play, and even sleep. At Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we offer natural, effective treatments that can alleviate the discomfort caused by sciatica.
What Is Sciatica?
A type of nerve pain, sciatica can cause severe pain, numbness, tingling, burning, tightness, or weakness in your leg. This discomfort courses down the back of your leg as a result of a pinched nerve in your lower back. In many cases, a bulging or herniated disc compressing the sciatic nerve is the source of the problem. The pain may strike when you stand for a prolonged period of time, flare when you sit in a specific position, or become a constant source of discomfort. It all depends on the mechanism of your injury and how the sciatica affects the nerves in your lower back. If you have any symptoms of this issue, you will need to seek the help of a medical professional.
How Is Sciatic Pain Treated?
When it comes to treating sciatic pain, not all health care professionals take the same approach. While most agree that it is best to try a conservative, non-surgical approach first, the type of treatment offered by a medical doctor will differ from the treatment recommended by a chiropractor.
The Medical Doctor’s Approach
Surgery can be used to treat stubborn sciatic pain, but unless they believe that immediate surgery is warranted, most medical doctors recommend conservative care first. After conducting a series of tests (which are determined by your symptoms and may include x-rays), a medical doctor will likely recommend oral pain medications, muscle relaxants, a physical therapy referral, steroid injections, or some combination of these options. While some patients may find relief with this treatment, take a step back and ask yourself if you would prefer to try a natural approach that doesn’t include taking medicine.
The Chiropractic Approach
If you would prefer to begin with a natural, drug-free treatment, then a chiropractor will be a good fit for you. Rather than prescribing medications, chiropractors create sciatic pain relief treatment plans that are customized to serve the unique needs of each patient. This plan might include chiropractic adjustments, electro stimulation, decompression therapy, wellness coaching, or a combination of these modalities.
As chiropractors, our goal is to get you back to your best without drugs or surgery. However, if your issue has progressed beyond conservative treatment, we will provide information on the other options and procedures available to you. If you do not have a current medical doctor, we can help. We know many local physicians at the top of their respective fields, and we can connect you with someone within your insurance network.
When All Else Fails
If you’ve seen a medical doctor and tried everything they offered with no relief, chiropractic may offer the perfect solution. In a clinical study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, patients undergoing the chiropractic treatment had already received at least three months of conservative treatments that failed to resolve their pain. After all was said and done, chiropractic care outperformed the other non-operative treatments and showed very similar results as surgery. While not the only option, chiropractic care can clearly help relieve sciatica pain for a majority of sufferers.
Are you struggling with sciatic pain? Be an educated consumer and patient. Advocate for yourself and ask your doctor about the options you have beyond drugs and surgery. In addition, be sure to ask about the risks and side effects for each option so that you know what to expect. Would you like to give chiropractic care a try? Click here to explore the benefits of chiropractic care or schedule an appointment with Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture today to discuss your sciatic pain.