Sciatica is a common condition that we see in our office. Sciatic pain is the condition of pain running down the back of the leg following the sciatic nerve. Sciatic pain can be fairly severe or it can be simply annoying. Whatever the reason that you are looking this up on our website, I would like to give you some hope. Sciatica is in most cases treatable and in many cases can be resolved completely.
Causes of Sciatic Pain
The sciatic nerve is one of the longest nerves in the body. Putting pressure or rubbing on that nerve on any spot along the length of that nerve will cause sciatica. Having inflammation at the point where the nerve leaves the spine will cause severe sciatica and can be very painful. That special place is called the nerve root and it can be a major source of pain.
Things that can cause sciatica include
- Disc injuries that can both press on nerves as well as have a lot of inflammation on the nerve root.
- Spinal stenosis is when the bones thicken around where the nerve root is or even the central canal where the spinal cord is
- Muscle cramping that presses on the sciatic nerve in the buttocks area or anywhere else along the sciatic nerve.
- Other back injuries or even leg injuries such as hockey stick in the back of the leg could agitate the nerve.
Treatment of Sciatic Pain
Chiropractic care and massage therapy and acupuncture can all help with sciatic pain. The actual treatment will vary depending on the actual cause of the sciatica. Massage therapy will help to relax muscles and get good circulation to the area. Chiropractic care can also work on the muscles with direct pressure as well as using different electronic therapies such as inferential current and Russian stimulation. Plus chiropractic care in our office consists of different types of adjustments including no sound adjustments such as Cox Flexion Distraction Technique. Finally, we do offer a course of rehabilitation exercises to help return you back to normal and get long term relief with the intent of preventing the problem from coming back over and over.
How Long Until I Get Relief From My Sciatica
The actual time it takes to get you relief from your sciatica is going to depend on what the actual source of the sciatica is. A muscle pull is going to have a different outcome when compared to a disc herniation. There are a variety of factors that influence the length such as how long the problem has been there or how severe the pain actually is. It is not uncommon for patients to have relief from their pain after just a few treatments, while other patients respond better to repeated, continuous treatments that work to break down the years of built up problems that brought the pain on in the first place. Thankfully, the time it takes to get relief from the condition is usually less then the time it took to cause the problem in the first place.
If you are ready to find lasting relief from sciatica, then give us a call at Blue Quill Chiropractic and let our team set a path to pain relief and long term recovery.