Chiropractic Care Have Been Very Successful At Treating Sciatica
Posted Dec 28 2010 8:53am
Many people suffer from Sciatic pain. What is Sciatica? Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. Sciatic pain can start in the low back and travel to the buttucks and legs. It is caused by injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a combination of the peroneal nerve which originate from L4-L5 and the tibial nerve which originate from L4-5 & S1-3.
Many cases of Sciatica can be helped with chiropractic care. When a person has sciatica, the first step is to identify the cause of the sciatic pain pattern. Orthopedic exams, neurological testing, x-rays, and other diagnostic testing such as MRI’s can help determine if the Sciatica is cause by herniated discs or other reasons. Many times, Sciatica is caused by what has been coined Piriformis Syndrome. The piriformis muscle is a small triangular muscle deep in the buttocks. The Sciatic nerve passes either through the piriformis muscle, or underneath it depending on how a person is born. When the piriformis muscle is irritated, it can contract into a chronic state of spasm. This often times will press on the Sciatic nerve and cause leg pain.
If the Sciatic pain is caused by Piriformis syndrome, certain chiropractic treatments and stretching are utilized to relax the piriformis muscle and lessen the nerve root irritation. If the Piriformis muscle is not involved, a malposition of the vertebrae in the lower spine can cause impingement and nerve root irritation to the Sciatic nerve. We call this a subluxation. A subluxation is the malposition of a vertebrae causing interference to the nerve flow hence creating nerve irritation.
Another possible reason for Sciatica could be from a bulging or herniated disc. This is when a disc has pushed outside its normal boundaries and press against the spinal cord or spinal nerves causing nerve irritation. Through chiropractic care, we can diagnose the cause of the sciatic pain and properly correct the Sciatica.
After determining through neurological and orthopedic exams, and using diagnostics such as x-rays and MRI’s, we can find the possible cause that is contributing to the Sciatica, and restore proper alignment and biomechanics to that vertebrae and the adjacent one to relief the nerve irritation. Freeing up the subluxation many times helps the sciatica in relieving the pressure off the nerve. Incorporating chiropractic adjustment with physical therapy and spinal decompression is often very effective in restoring the integrity of the disc, allowing the body to heal itself.