If you’ve slipped a disc, or suffer from spinal ailments, you’re at a higher risk for sciatica. While sciatica is most often a treatable disease that isn’t too painful, the burning, stinging, and occasional sharp pains can make everyday life difficult. In this blog, your Victorville chiropractors will break down the signs and symptoms of sciatica, and how you can treat its symptoms.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica isn’t a medical condition—it’s a symptom of other medical conditions like degenerative disc disease, a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis. Sciatica is essentially butt, leg, and foot pain (or a tingling or burning sensation) caused by a pinched sciatic nerve in the lower back. Sciatica symptoms include:
- Constant Leg and Buttock Pain
- Pain While Sitting
- Weakness or Numbness in the Affected Leg
- Difficulty Moving Ankle or Toes
- Sharp Pain Radiating Down Leg
- Difficulty Standing or Walking
While severe cases of sciatica that affect leg function demand immediate surgery, most forms of sciatica can be treated with non-surgical options:
Heat and Ice
Heat and ice packs are a conservative, yet effective way to deal with sciatica pain. Applying heat or ice packs for 20 minutes, and repeating every two hours, can quickly ease the tension of sciatica. Some patients report that alternating between heat and ice packs eases their pain as well.
Over the counter pain medications like ibuprofen and naproxen are often combined with heat and cold therapy to treat the symptoms of sciatica. In more extreme cases, muscle relaxants and painkillers can be prescribed in short-term increments in order to stifle severe sciatica symptoms.
Steroid injections are occasionally used to reduce inflammation caused by sciatica, and provide temporary pain relief. However, these injections do not work for everyone, but at the very least, they can help people stay active while exhibiting sciatica symptoms.
Acupuncture has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration as a way to curb lower back and sciatic pain. By poking tiny needles in the affected area, acupuncture aims to open the flow of positive energy near areas of pain, thereby relieving that pain.
Chiropractic professionals use spinal manipulation techniques to promote improved spinal alignment, creating a spinal area that’s conducive to healing and treating symptoms of sciatica. These chiropractic processes are safe, effective, and most importantly, painless.
Spinal manipulation is more of an adjustment than anything, with the chiropractor using short arm thrusts against vertebra to reduce irritation and sciatic nerve pain, increase the back’s range of motion, and promote proper spinal alignment. These adjustments don’t just relieve symptoms of sciatica—they improve your overall health!
Choose Your Victorville Chiropractor
For the best in chiropractic care, choose Desert Cities Chiropractic in Victorville. Our chiropractors have been serving the Victorville area since 2006, providing patients with simple, painless, and effective chiropractic procedures to improve spinal alignment, mobility, and health. Call us today to set up an appointment!