We can help treat the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain so you can continue to live life to the fullest. Our customizes the chiropractic treatment methods to the individual needs of each patient. Sciatica is a condition that can include pain and numbness of varying degrees that radiates from the lower back to the leg.
Sciatica treatment is available at Plainfield Chiropractic Clinic in Plainfield and the surrounding area. While sciatica pain can start minor, it will only worsen over time if the patient does not seek professional treatment. Dr. Chris Smith, DC can help find the chiropractic treatment for your symptoms and condition.
Call us at 815-436-7260 to schedule an appointment and learn how our sciatica treatment can help you.
Benefits of Sciatica Treatment
While people are more likely to try and wait out any form of back pain, professional chiropractic treatment is the most effective option. With our chiropractic treatment, we can customize the treatment to focus on the source of the pain instead of only relieving the symptoms. Benefits of sciatica treatment at our chiropractic clinic include:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Promoting muscle health
- Reducing inflammation
- Avoiding the need for invasive procedures
- Increasing mobility
Customized Treatment and At-Home Care
Along with the initial treatment process, our team will help the patient learn the techniques to further their recovery at home. While store-bought medications and painkillers can provide temporary relief from the pain, they will not treat the source of the condition.
Following the initial treatment process, the patient will be able to make specific lifestyle changes to promote healing. Completing various stretches and exercises can promote recovery. We will also help the patient learn how to avoid irritating the sciatic nerve and re-injuring themselves again. With proper pain management, the patient will be able to continue experiencing life without sciatica pain getting in the way.
In addition to chiropractic treatment, Dr. Chris Smith, DC may also discuss nutrition, exercise and vitamin supplementation to build optimal spine and muscle health.
Common Symptoms of Sciatica
It is crucial to identify the early warning signs and symptoms of sciatica before seeking immediate treatment. Generally, the hallmark of sciatic issues is a pain in the lower back that radiates into the legs. This pain travels along the sciatic nerve. In addition to this basic definition, there can be a great deal of variation in how individuals experience this nerve disorder. Symptoms may include:
- Dull ache
- Sharp pain
- A sensation of pins and needles
- Burning sensation
Some people experience their set of symptoms intensely, while others do not. The frequency of pain can also vary. Sciatic pain can affect mobility and disrupt sleep. Depending on where the nerve compression takes place, sitting or lying down can increase the pain.
Causes of Sciatica
Generally, sciatica happens because the sciatic nerve becomes compressed at some point. This compression can occur for several reasons, such as compressed or herniated lumbar discs. Other possible causes are misaligned vertebrae, childbirth, severe constipation or spinal tumors.
Another frequently occurring cause of sciatic pain is compression of the piriformis, a muscle in the lower back instrumental in hip rotation. Common injuries such as falls can damage this muscle. It can also be affected by hip arthritis. The damaged muscle may cramp in a way that pinches the sciatic nerve, leading to pain.
What to Expect During Sciatica Treatment
Depending on the patient's symptoms and their cause, Dr. Chris Smith, DC may recommend one or more types of chiropractic therapy. Spinal adjustment is one of the most common. This technique can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve that results from a misaligned vertebra.
During the alignment procedure, the patient will lie face-down on a special chiropractic table. We will apply precise degrees of gentle pressure to specific places along the spine. While there may be some mild soreness during or after the treatment, the pain will dissipate fairly quickly.
When muscle spasms form part of the problem, we may also use ultrasound or a TENS unit. A TENs unit provides electrical stimulation to the muscle tissue to help it relax. Consistent compression of the sciatic nerve can cause inflammation in the nerve. Treatment with ice packs can help reduce it and thus decrease pain levels.
Our techniques focus on removing or reducing the source of the nerve compression, not just alleviating the resulting pain. We can make adjustments to the patient's treatment plan when necessary. The first step on the path toward healing is to schedule an appointment with us at Plainfield Chiropractic Clinic.
Call Us Today
With the right treatment, sciatica can get better. Call us at 815-436-7260 today to schedule an appointment and begin the journey to improved wellbeing.
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