Sciatica can be debilitating depending on the severity of the condition. Many doctors will prescribe pain medication for relief but that can only help so much. Schedule an appointment with Transformation Wellness Center in Grand Junction, CO. Our expert chiropractor, Dr. Andrea, will use non-invasive and drug-free techniques to treat your sciatica so you can return to your normal pain-free life.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a term used to describe a pain that radiates throughout the sciatic nerve. This could be pain experienced in your lower back, hips, buttocks, and down one or both legs. Sciatica usually affects one side of the body but in some cases, can affect both sides. Sciatica is often the result of a herniated disc in your spine or a boney changes and inflammation that aggravate the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body.
Symptoms of sciatica include inflammation, sharp pain running down your leg, numbness, and tingling in your legs or feet. People with severe sciatic nerve pain may have weakness in one or both legs and trouble walking or sitting. Coughing and sneezing can exacerbate the pain.
How can sciatica be treated?
Doctors will often prescribe pain medications such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, or narcotics to relieve the pain. The pain medication only treats the symptoms and not the source of the pain, so the pain may return.
Additionally, physical therapy can help as your therapist can teach you stretching exercises to relieve pain and prevent it from coming back. In some cases, if therapy doesn’t work, surgery or steroid injections may be an option.
How can a chiropractor treat my sciatica?
If you want to avoid addictive narcotics, painful injections, or surgery, chiropractic care is an excellent option. Chiropractors use many different treatments to relieve sciatic nerve pain. Ensuring you have optimal neurologic communication and function through upper cervical adjustments, additional spinal and pelvic adjustments can be used to treat the pain and help restore function and motion to relieve the pain that is associated with sciatica.
Sciatica Treatment in Grand Junction, CO
If you or anyone you know is suffering from sciatic nerve pain, call Transformation Wellness Center at (970) 812-5559 to schedule an appointment. Our expert chiropractor will perform a physical examination and determine which treatment is right for you. Get hold of your back pain today!