One of the most common causes of sciatic pain is a condition called spinal stenosis. The spinal canal narrows and irritates the nerves that go down to your legs. If you’re suffering from back pain or leg pain, a visit to a chiropractor may help alleviate some of your symptoms.
How Does Sciatica Develop?
When the sciatic nerve is pinched, by either a herniated disc or piriformis muscle spasm, it will cause pain in your lower back and down to your leg. Sciatica can often be confused with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis because of similar symptoms such as numbness or tingling sensations in feet and toes on one side only. The difference between these two conditions lies within their diagnosis. While Lumbar Spinal Stenosis requires an MRI scan for confirmation, diagnostic imaging does not confirm sciatica. Instead, tests are ordered based upon symptom presentation.
Sciatica is a common occurrence in the lower back. It most often happens when there’s an underlying condition like bone spurs or herniated disks on your spine, as well as spinal stenosis that compresses nerves and tissues nearby. Some underlying conditions can cause inflammation, pain, numbness, and stiffness near the leg affected by sciatic nerve issues.
For people suffering from sciatica, many times the pain is resolved in a matter of weeks without intervention. When it does not resolve within two to three months, doctors will usually prescribe medication to make sure that they can take care of their patient’s needs and provide relief for them if needed.
Spinal Adjustments and Sciatica
Dr. Toumazos is a chiropractor with a proven track record of helping patients find relief from severe pain caused by sciatica, and other muscle problems in the back or neck. His treatment methods are safe for all ages and pregnant women who would like to get adjusted while they’re expecting their child. Most importantly, consultation with your physician is required before proceeding with any chiropractic adjustments.
The following are some of the advantages of getting a chiropractic adjustment:
- Drug-free: Understandably, many people are hesitant to try natural treatments for pain relief. Since most Americans are hesitant to receive chiropractic care, then typically leads to addictive pharmacological over-the-counter drugs and prescribed medications. This is what makes chiropractic care so appealing as it offers a chance at healing without all those dangerous side effects from these harmful substances.
- Improves Range of Motion: Chiropractic care is one of the most powerful ways to naturally heal your body and improve your range of motion. Dr. Toumazos has had decades worth of training in chiropractic care. He has a profound understanding of how chiropractic adjustments can help restore mobility and reduce pain long-term.
The following are other chiropractic interventions offered at Explore Family Chiropractic. Dr. Toumazos has explored other ways to address sciatica in case patients can not or do not want to receive chiropractic adjustments.
Electrical stimulation of acupuncture points is a therapy that we use at Explore Family Chiropractic. It uses electrical currents, but it is much stronger than the ones you can buy at your local store. The voltage depends on what sort of pain one has and how strong their body reacts to treatment. Patients love this because they will be feeling better in no time.
Hot and Cold Pack
A combination of hot and cold compress is extremely beneficial to relieve sciatic pain. A cold pack reduces inflammation and is associated with sciatic nerve pain. The heat helps increase blood flow to this area.A gradual combo of both types will give you positive results in reducing your symptoms.
Posture and Movements
If you’re experiencing pain, resist the urge to push through. Take it easy and give yourself a chance to heal. But don’t simply lie in bed because this has been shown to exacerbate your condition. You must keep mobile without overdoing it too much.
For instance, it helps to perform activities your body can tolerate. You should not expect things to get better overnight, though. If anything, they might worsen.
Our chiropractors at Explore Family Chiropractic are knowledgeable in providing education to maintain and improve proper posture and movement. Not only this promotes prevention, but it also helps to address sciatic pain.
Here at Explore Family Chiropractic, we are yearning to provide you a comfortable and pain-free life. Contact us today and schedule an appointment to achieve your health goals.