As chiropractors claim, sciatica pain, also called sciatica neuritis, sciatic neuralgia, or lumbar radiculopathy, is the most common condition nowadays. According to facts and statistics, lower back pain with radiation into the leg is a common disorder in North America.

A chiropractor reveals that he had a patient, which experienced such agonizing pain that he had to crawl through halfway on his head and knees.

 

 

 

What Sciatica really means

Sciatica is a condition in which the pain affects the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, as a result of degeneration of an  intervertebral disk.

Lumbar disc herniation is a common cause of lower back and leg pain. A person may experience the following symptoms:dull or sharp pain, muscle spasm or cramping, sciatica, and leg weakness or loss of leg function.

 

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So how can we treat Sciatica?

When it comes to sciatica treatment, health care professionals like chiropractors and psychotherapists can be of a great help and they claim that conservative care is required first and that surgery should be considered as a last treatment option.

 

 

  1. Heat/Ice Therapy

Heat/Ice therapy is extremely beneficial in the early stages of sciatica. Using heat packs or ice packs can lower the  pain and inflammation at the source of the problem. Heat loosens the muscles, while ice packs lower inflammation and swelling.

  1. Chiropractic Care and Physiotherapy

Both chiropractors and physiotherapists include various treatments such as Electrotherapy, ultrasound and other modalities, soft tissue therapy, exercises, joint mobilization, and manipulation to help eliminate pain and stimulate proper motion.. Consult with your health care provider about what treatment is the best for you.

  1. McKenzie Exercises

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Chiropractors and physiotherapists prescribe these exercises since they are extremely effective in reducing leg pain and bringing the pain in the lower back. Consult with your physiotherapist before you start with this therapy.

  1. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine methods have proven to significantly improve the symptoms of sciatica for many of the  patients. Acupuncture includes using  small needles, which are  inserted through the skin and into muscles at certain points along our meridian channels. These needles cause micro-trauma to the muscles leading to the release of hormones called endorphins. Endorphins help to soothe the pain in the nerves and muscles.

  1. Lumbar Spine Traction and Decompression Therapy

This therapy is used by some therapists when the patient has not experienced any improvement in pain with other types of treatments. They  use manual and instrument assisted traction therapy to aid  spread the lumbar vertebrae and enable the disc material to become re-absorbed into the outer disc material.

  1. Pain Medications like NSAIDs and Anti-inflammatory Supplements

If any of these treatments don’t improve the symptoms of this condition, you should consult with  your physician about painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications, which can decrease the pain and inflammation temporarily. However, you should use these pain medications with caution because they are known to cause heart problems.

In this case you should consider consuming anti-inflammatory supplements, like curcumin and fish oil, which are great alternatives.

Consult with your physician and pharmacist before taking pain killers, since they can interfere with the other prescribed medications that you may be taking.

 

 

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      As chiropractors claim, sciatica pain, also called sciatica neuritis, sciatic neuralgia, or lumbar radiculopathy, is the most common condition nowadays. According to facts and statistics, lower back pain with radiation into the leg is a common disorder in North America. A chiropractor reveals that he had a patient, which experienced...