Is Sciatica Curable?

The jolting pain of sciatica can get the best of you, especially if your pain is chronic. At DMC Healthcare, experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, understands how sciatica pain can interfere with your ability to work and enjoy a physically active life.

Dr. Weddle uses the latest chiropractic techniques to treat your sciatica and help you finally find long-term pain relief. In fact, many people are cured of chronic lower back pain relating to sciatica after just a few treatments.

Understanding sciatica

Your sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels from your lower back down into your hips and legs. This nerve provides sensations to these areas of your body.

When something presses on the sciatic nerve, it results in the lower back pain that’s a hallmark of sciatica. Pain can also radiate down into your hips, legs, and feet and feel like an electric shock with certain movements. You may also experience numbness or weakness in any area where the sciatic nerve sits.

Sciatica pain can range from mild to severe and is often the result of age-related changes or injuries in your spine such as:

Joint dysfunction in the hips can also cause symptoms of sciatica.

As pressure continues on your sciatic nerve, it can lead to chronic pain, weakness, and numbness that’s severe enough to cause immobility and disability.

The earlier you begin treatment for sciatica, the more likely you’ll reduce your risk factors for long-term complications.

Chiropractic care for sciatica

As an experienced chiropractor, Dr. Weddle has successfully treated sciatica pain and other symptoms with chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments focus on relieving pressure on your nerve by realigning the vertebrae and discs in your spine.

You may also benefit from electromyostimulation, a therapy that delivers electrical impulses into muscles surrounding your sciatic nerve that may be in spasm. Treatment is noninvasive and uses electronic sensors that attach to your skin.

Another option for treating sciatica is spinal disc decompression, a procedure that uses gentle stretches to release each of your vertebra. This release helps to rehydrate and reshape herniated discs and also addresses pinched nerves in your lower back.

Lifestyle changes also make a difference

In addition to chiropractic treatment for sciatica, there are certain lifestyle changes you may need to make to alleviate sciatica pain for good. These changes, along with regular chiropractic care, can prevent the need for invasive treatments and surgery for sciatica.

Practice better posture

Poor posture can affect the alignment of your spine, putting you at a higher risk for pinched nerves and persistent pain in your lower back.

You can engage in core-strengthening exercise to improve your posture and ease unnecessary pressure on your spine, hips, and sciatic nerve.

Don’t ignore your hips

Exercises that open and stretch your hips can reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you tend to sit for long periods of time, it’s important that you begin a routine of regular hip stretches or yoga to further improve your posture and support your spine health.

Invest in massage

Therapeutic massages are more than a luxury. Massages can help loosen your muscles, reduce overall stress, and improve your flexibility. They are also effective at boosting your blood circulation to help you heal from the inside out.

If you’re limited by chronic lower back pain and other symptoms of sciatica, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Weddle by calling DMC Healthcare or by requesting an appointment online today.

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