Sciatica or sciatic pain is leg pain, and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness, which starts in the lower back and travels through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.
There are several factors that contribute to this condition and these include a clenched nerve in the lower back, lumbar disk hernia, or mechanical stress that causes the inner portion of the disk to protrude through the outer ring. This ruptured or herniated disk normally happens on the weakest points of the disk, which is where the nerve leaves the spinal cord.
How To Treat Sciatica?
Chiropractic Care And Spinal Manipulation
Stimulating motion is an efficient way to relieve sciatic pain. Using ultrasound, electrotherapy, joint mobilization, and various exercises or soft tissue therapies, chiropractors and physiotherapists can successfully do this after evaluating your condition. It’s highly recommended to discuss the treatment with your physiotherapist or chiropractor for best results.
Another nonsurgical method to treat sciatica is acupuncture. The way this Chinese treatment relieves the pain is that the tiny needles are placed in the meridian channels thus triggering micro-trauma to the muscles, which leads to higher endorphin release, which soothes the nerves.
Alternating heat or ice packs can significantly relieve the inflammation and pain. Ice reduces swelling and inflammation whereas heat relaxes the muscles.
Although these exercises are highly recommended by health experts, it’s best to consult a physiotherapist or chiropractor before doing them!
Spinal Decompression Traction Therapy
This nonsurgical treatment is only recommended in cases when the pain continues for a longer period. Spinal decompression therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain.