You will no doubt have heard of the condition sciatica, it’s a pretty common thing, and at some point in most people’s lives there will be a flare up of it, resulting in pain in the lower back, moving down towards the lower leg. This can be simply from wear and tear, a simple injury, or an underlying cause, but for the duration of the flare up, the person involved is quite uncomfortable, and life isn’t much fun in general. Much like a toothache, sciatica pain is niggling, often all-consuming, and varies from person to person, much like any condition.
If you’ve experienced sciatica on a recurrent basis, maybe it’s time to seek out a solution to the problem, rather than putting up with it when you don’t need to.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is related to the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the whole body, running down from the spine to the foot, and it is important in connecting the muscles in this area with the spine. Problems occur when there is a pressing on the nerve or inflammation, which causes this sometimes intense pain.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Generally lower back pain radiating down the leg is the most common appearance of this problem, but it can be associated with tingling, burning, pins and needles, numbness, or weakness in the leg muscles. The symptoms can be relieved or exacerbated with certain activities, and usually lessen with rest.
How can sciatica be treated?
A proper diagnosis is important to ensure that the correct treatment can be arranged. Visiting a chiropractor is an important step to ensure that the cause is found, and not just the symptoms treated. All too often we throw painkillers at a problem without first finding out what is the real underlying issue. A chiropractor will take a detailed history, examine thoroughly, and possibly use diagnostic imaging to truly diagnose the problem. Once a firm diagnosis of sciatica is made, chiropractic treatment takes the form of non-surgical, drug-free approaches, using gentle readjustments and deep tissue massage to help correct the problem. Treatment continues at home with exercises, posture control, heathy eating, and other lifestyle adjustments, to help correct the problem and treat the body as a whole. Treatment is very individually targeted, as one size rarely fits all.
Chiropractic care has been proven to be a gentle, effective, and fast-acting treatment for the pain and problems which sciatic present to the person involved.
Get help today
If you have been suffering with pain and discomfort consisting of the symptoms described above, or any variation of these, do not hesitate to call the practice now on 03 9095 7990 to arrange an appointment to discuss your problem and look towards a holistic means of treatment.
The pain of sciatica responds very well to conservative measures, with no need to worry about looking towards surgery or more invasive forms of treatment, which would involve considerable downtime and risk.
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