What is Sciatica Pain?
Before seeing a Chiropractor for sciatica pain, here's all you need to know about this common condition.
Sciatica pain originates in your lower back, then the pain travels down behind your leg. Sometimes the sciatica symptoms stop at the buttock, other times it can go further down your leg.
This is why it's common to feel sciatica pain together with:
Most patients with sciatica nerve pain experience symptoms on one side, but sciatica can also happen in both legs in some patients. It's common to hear sciatica patients complain about a burning, shooting pain while sitting down.
Difficulty walking due to leg muscle weakness is also a sciatica symptom. When the pain intensity reduces, numbness, as well as pins & needles, may become obvious in the legs. This is often compared to a feeling of static electricity behind your thigh or in your big toe.
What Causes Sciatica Symptoms?
Simply put, sciatica is caused by excessive physical pressure on the nerves in your lower back.
Interestingly, all the nerves behind your buttock, thigh, knee, calf, feet and toes originate from your lower back. That explains why the two areas are related to each other in patients with sciatica pain.
Just imagine a gardener stepping on a water hose. The more weight the gardener applies with his feet, the greater the disruption of water flow. There comes a point when the water stops flowing altogether, and this represents the pain in sciatica.
The more physical pressure your lower back nerves experience, the greater the intensity of your sciatic pain. It can also determine how far down your pain goes along your leg.
There's no one sciatica cause, but there are a number of situations that can lead to physical compression and pinching of your sciatic nerve:
- Muscle contracture.
- Disc bulge.
Chiropractor for Sciatica Pain
Chiropractic is a great way to get sciatica pain relief. It's a hands-on type of treatment, which is ideal for patients who don't have the time and energy to do a long list of exercises every day.
Sciatica treatment in the form of Chiropractic gets to the source of your pain - the bones and nerves. It's all-natural, which means we don't do drugs or surgery during treatment.
After that, you'll get x-rays of your lower back to see where your nerves are getting pinched. Once that's done, you'll start appropriate Chiropractic treatment for your sciatic nerve pain.
How Many Treatments for Sciatica with a Chiropractor?
Will sciatica go away? How long will it take to get better?
Although patient improvement varies, from experience a good guideline is to allow for 6-12 weeks. In the first 2 weeks, that's where most of your sciatica pain relief should happen.
During the remaining weeks, the goal is to fix the underlying cause of your sciatica. This means reducing the physical pressure on your sciatic nerve, to reduce the chances of your symptoms returning or getting worse again.
Do I Have Sciatica?
When it comes to sciatica pain, always seek professional help before establishing a proper diagnosis.
After you've made your appointment to do so, it's a good idea to go through this checklist:
- Is your leg pain on one side or both?
- Does the pain come and go? Or is it constantly there?
- How long have you had the pain for?
- Do you only feel discomfort behind your buttock and leg? Or does it happen elsewhere too?
Sciatica Pain Relief
If you think you may have symptoms from sciatica, you should avoid these at all costs:
- Slouching - bad posture increased pressure on your sciatic nerve.
- Sitting down for long periods - sitting stretches your sciatic nerve in a bad way.
- Fried and processed foods - Increases inflammation and swelling, compressing your sciatic nerve further.