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Causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain & Ways to Treat Them with Chiropractic

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If you have pain that shoots down your legs or feels uncomfortable in the lower back region, you could be suffering from sciatic nerve pain. Millions of people suffer from sciatic nerve pain, with the levels of pain and location varying from person to person. The identifiable quality of sciatic nerve pain is that it starts in your lower back or buttocks areas. The good news is there are sciatic pain treatments out there; the better news is that there are chiropractic treatments that can help significantly.

What exactly is Sciatic Nerve Pain and what causes it?

Sciatic nerve pain is often mistaken for a disorder; however, it is actually a symptom of a disorder. There are different disorders that can cause sciatic nerve pain such as lumbar spine subluxations, herniated or bulging discs, and even simply sitting on a wallet in your back pocket can lead to sciatic nerve pain.

Sciatic nerve pain can be described as sharp pains, as well as dull pains, and even the feeling of pins or needles; every person has different sciatic nerve pains. Because of how it affects each person differently, getting sciatic pain treatments is crucial, and the best way to treat this pain is with chiropractic care.

Diagnosis of Sciatic Nerve Pain

The first step in treating the symptom of sciatic nerve pain is obtaining a proper diagnosis. There are many disorders that can cause such pain so determining which disorder is causing the sciatic nerve pain is crucial. Testing for the disorder can be an x-ray, MRI, CT scan or even electrodiagnostic tests. These tests will determine the cause and from there you can begin to treat it.

Treating Sciatic Nerve Pain with Chiropractic Care

The benefits of treating sciatic nerve pain with chiropractic care are that it is non-invasive and is also drug-free. The type of chiropractic care that will have the biggest effect on helping you feel better will depend on the diagnosis. Ice therapy will help reduce inflammation. An ultrasound can be used to send waves deep into the tissue and increases circulation. TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a small portable muscle stimulating machine (reach out to us today if this form of treatment interests you). This machine can help reduce muscle spasms caused by sciatic nerve pain. Finally, there is the cornerstone of chiropractic care: adjustments. By undergoing adjustments related to your spine and back, you can correct misalignment that leads to sciatic nerve pain. Adjustments can also reduce irritability, muscle spasms, pain and more.

If you ever find yourself in any kind of pain, whether you think it is sciatic nerve pain or not, the first step should always be to find a doctor to do a diagnosis. You can reach out to Reinhardt Chiropractic for a diagnosis, or we would also be happy to point you in the right direction. Once diagnosed, getting treatment regularly and frequently will be key to overcoming the pain you are experiencing. Reinhardt Chiropractic is committed to making you feel better, doing what needs to be done to get you back on your feet, literally! Reach out today if you have any questions.