Sciatica Treatment San Diego – Nerve Pain
Anyone who has ever experienced sciatica knows the value of sciatic nerve pain treatments. Treatment from a chiropractor for sciatic nerve pain will usually include chiropractic adjustments and a range of physio-therapies that can include therapeutic ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, hot packs, ice packs, stretching and exercises. Sciatica usually requires more treatment than treatment for lower back pain relief only.
Successfully treating sciatic nerve pain also includes identifying any activities that contribute to the symptom and eliminating them or modifying them – at least during the course of treatment.
What Is Sciatica?
Most of my patients with leg pain ask me “What is sciatica?” The definition of sciatica is as follows; “pain, numbness, tingling or other sensations that can travel from the nerves in the lower back down into the buttocks, thigh, calf and foot.” In advanced cases sciatica can cause muscular weakness and even atrophy or loss of girth of a muscle group in the thigh or calf.
The pain from sciatica can cause symptoms that range from slight irritation all the way to not being able to put your weight on your leg while trying to walk. Sciatica pain can be debilitating and should be taken very seriously.
Severe Cases of Sciatica
In severe cases, sciatica can result from a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. As you might expect, herniated disc pain can be intense, that being said, you should not panic about your symptoms but you should take your pain seriously. In cases of sciatica that involve a herniated disc, surgery is not always the only option for relief. Treatment from a chiropractor for a herniated disc revolves around controlling your symptoms. Studies show that many adults have a herniated disc and don’t even know it until that disc becomes aggravated and inflamed.
Exercises as a Sciatica Treatment San Diego Patients May not Find Beneficial
For sciatica treatment to be effective and long lasting, the treatment plan has to include stretches and possibly exercises. Contrary to popular belief, exercises for sciatica don’t always bring relief; in fact, sometimes they aggravate your symptoms. That being said, there is an exercise protocol for sciatica pain relief but those exercises have to be combined with a variety of other therapies in order for them to be effective. Unfortunately, sciatica is a complex issue that doesn’t resolve easily and requires professional evaluation in order to determine the right exercise plan in your individual case.
Another Potential Cause of Sciatic Nerve Pain
In rare cases, sciatica is a result of a condition called spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is caused by a narrowing of the canal that the spinal cord travels through and can result in pressure on the nerves. Patients with spinal stenosis often improve with treatment from a chiropractor but therapy can take longer than for other conditions that cause sciatica.