04 Jan Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Sciatica
Sciatica is a term used to describe nerve pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.
As many as 40% of people experience sciatica at some point in their lives, and the likelihood increases with age.
A person experiencing sciatica feels pain radiating along the path of the sciatic nerve from the lower back, deep into the buttock, and down the leg.
The pain is described as burning or shooting pain, sometimes experienced along with numbness, and usually (though not always) localized to one side of the body. It can range from mild to debilitating and can prevent people from normal daily activities.
It’s also merely a symptom of an underlying problem.
So what types of underlying problems cause this type of pain?
Essentially, the nerve is being irritated or compressed somewhere along the line. Common causes are:
- Bulging or herniated disc
- Bone spur on
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome
If you begin to feel sciatic pain, it’s a good idea to go easy with your physical activity for a bit. Take a few days to give your body rest, do some stretching to see if it relieves your pain, and take over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. You can also try hot and cold packs on your lower back.
If the pain continues or worsens, consider seeking help from a chiropractor for a natural and non-invasive treatment plan.
Atlas orthogonal is an extremely successful treatment for sciatica. When the spine is in alignment, the nerve is no longer pinched–and the pain disappears.
Spinal decompression is another approach that relieves the compression of nerves and lengthens the spine.
Chiropractic exercises are specific exercises that won’t aggravate the nerve but keep you active–which is important for the healing process.
Lifestyle changes can also lead to improvement; such as changes to posture for sitting, standing, sleeping, etc. to promote spinal health. They can also help to address existing issues (like obesity, diabetes, and smoking) that can predispose people to having sciatic pain in the first place.
Most people who suffer from sciatica are able to avoid surgery thanks to the treatment approaches above!
Consider the case of thirty-year-old “Sabrina,” who came into Dr. David Nygaard’s office with constant and severe sciatic pain in her right leg (and starting in her left), preventing her from basic activities like walking down the stairs.
She had already seen three chiropractors over a span of three years, as often as three times per week, with no improvement. She decided to see Dr. David Nygaard, her fourth chiropractor, as a last resort before having surgery out of desperation.
After her very first Atlas adjustment, she felt she had more energy and simultaneously felt rested, calmer, and less anxious. She felt like she could finally relax.
After two months, her pain was gone. She felt like “a different person” compared to when she was in pain. “Ask my son, I was grumpy and grouchy. It’s hard when you’re in pain!”
Dr. David Nygaard treated her with Atlas orthogonal adjustments as well as spinal decompression. She’s back to a regular, active lifestyle, with a much better quality of life.
If you’re struggling with sciatic pain, let’s see if we can’t get you similar results!
Contact us today to learn about Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville and the many conditions we treat. 828-253-0700