According to the Mayo Clinic, sciatica is defined as “… pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.” According to WebMD, “As many as 4 out of every 10 people will get sciatica, or irritation of the sciatic nerve, at some point in their life.” This is a lot of people suffering! So, what can we do for sciatica treatment?
All we know is pain. Sciatica can be very painful! Not every case of sciatica manifests in severe pain. Sometimes the pain (usually centered around one buttock and down the leg) can be mild with accompanying numbness, tingling or weakness. Any way you look at it, most people just want it gone! Chiropractic adjustments for sciatica have been very successful in reducing sciatic pain.
Sciatica itself is not a condition, just a manifestation of an underlying condition (like a herniated disk). The sciatic nerve does not like to be irritated or compressed. It is the largest single nerve in the body which branches out significantly throughout. It needs to remain functional. If you feel you are suffering from sciatica, contact us for a complete and accurate diagnosis. We will do a thorough exam to make sure we are diagnosing, and treating you, correctly.
Sciatica Treatment with Chiropractic Care
Relief from sciatica is just around the corner—at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont. Dr Jess knows sciatica well. She deals with clients suffering with it on nearly a daily basis. The treatments for sciatica vary. Our goal at Café of Life is to provide our clients with the best case scenario for non-surgical approaches to health. We are confident in our methods which address the whole person.
Chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve thereby relieving the associated pain. But along with spinal adjustments, our experienced Longmont chiropractor will likely recommend alternating hot and cold pack treatments and physical therapy exercises to do at home, and possibly ultra sound therapy.
If you are struggling with lower back pain, pain on one side that radiates down into your leg, call Café of Life Chiropractic today and get sciatica relief today.
Would you know if you had a herniated disk in your back? In some cases, yes, you mght. But in many, many cases the answer is, surprisingly, no. The Mayo Clinic says that you can have a herniated disk without even knowing it.: “…herniated disks sometimes show up on spinal images of people who have no symptoms of a disk problem.” Since symptoms might be mild or mistaken for many other conditions, or even non-existent, it can be easy to leave your herniated disk untreated. This can lead to permanent nerve damage. Please don’t do that—treat a herniated disk with chiropractic care instead.
Your spine is made up of vertebrae (the bones) with cushions in-between that act as protection from daily activities as well less frequent exertion. Your spine grows increasingly vulnerable with age, genetics playing a role in severity of disk degeneration. But those who are overweight, work demanding jobs, or put stress on their spine due to physically demanding recreation or lifestyle, can be susceptible as well.
Commonly referred to as a slipped disk, most herniated disks are located in the lower back but they can occur in your neck as well. Preventative chiropractic adjustments is the ideal scenario to keep your back from ever suffering from a herniated disk. But there are also some warning signs that might trigger a phone call to us.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disk:
- Pain extending into Arms/legs
- Back and/or neck pain
- Weakness in the muscles served by those particular nerves
- Tenderness of the spine
- Pain that worsens at night
Treat a Herniated Disk With Chiropractic Care
If you experience any of the above symptoms,or just feel general pain or diskomfort you can’t quite place, it’s a good idea to visit with your local chiropractor. A skilled chiropractor can assess your condition and determine if you are indeed suffering from a herniated disk. Please—choose a chiropractor who is knowledgable, well trained, very experienced, and has a good reputation! Their expertise will determine accuracy in diagnostics as well as success in treatments prescribed.
Dr Jess at Café of Life Chiropractic in Longmont cares about the overall health and wellness of her clients. She will do a complete and thorough evaluation and likely recommend a varied approach to healing. Spinal adjustments, lifestyle changes, and an exercise program focusing on stretching and strengthening will likely be the basics of any herniated disk diagnosis. Her primary goal is not to just relieve the pain (which will be a wonderful side effect of treatment!) but to bring the body back to its healthiest self.
Choose a natural and complete approach to herniated disk treatment with chiropractic care.