What is Sciatica? What are its Pain Treatment Options?

If you ever felt a sharp, shooting pain travel down the back of your leg or a dull, persistent ache or tingling and numbness, you may be suffering from a condition known as Sciatic. Sciatica is a common condition that affects the sciatic nerve – the nerve extending from the lower back down to the bottom of each leg.

Although Sciatica is common, it is quite painful. Fortunately, there several sciatica pain treatment options available.

What Causes Sciatica and What are the Symptoms?

Sciatica occurs when a portion of the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed. This usually happens when a herniated disc, bone spur, or narrowing of the spine compress a part of the nerve, causing inflammation, pain, and numbness.

Generally, pain and irritation are unilateral, meaning the symptoms affect only one side of the body. However, in some cases, patients may experience bilateral sciatica if the lumbar spine undergoes more severe degenerative changes. Beyond pain, sciatica elicits many other symptoms that may include:

  • Numbness of the leg, foot, or buttock
  • Tingling that radiates down the leg.
  • Burning sensation in the low back, buttock, or leg
  • Lower body weakness

Sometimes, simple changes in postural positioning cause more severe symptoms. Many patients find their discomfort increases significantly during extended periods of standing or sitting.

How to Manage and Treat Pain from Sciatica?

  1. In many cases, the first line of treatment for sciatica pain is medication to ease the suffering. In mild cases, over-the-counter pain relievers maybe not sufficient to manage the pain. In other cases:
  • Prescription muscle relaxants are used to ease muscle pain.
  • Anti-depressants are used for chronic lower back pain.
  • Prescription pain medications are used for severe pain.
  1. Non-invasive chiropractic therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment for relief from sciatic. Through physical checkup and a detailed assessment of your medical history, the chiropractor will determine the cause of sciatica symptoms. However, appropriate diagnosis plays a crucial factor in formulating the most effective course of treatment. Once the diagnosis is made, the chiropractor pursues the best treatment technique.
  2. In the most severe cases, where pain persists for at least two months despite treatment, the only option available for sciatica treatment may be surgery.

The Bottom Line

Sciatica pain is normal, and in a few cases, very painful. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage and treat sciatic pain, regardless of the intensity of the pain.

If you are suffering from sciatic pain or lower back pain, consult a caring and experienced chiropractor team. They will be able to determine the best treatment and pain management plan for you.

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