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Sciatic Pain: Go See Your Chiropractor Soon!

By Stephen R. Farris

Have you ever felt a dull or sharp pain in the lower side of your back, or one side of your gluteus maximus? Maybe a tingling or numbness, or even a burning sensation in your lower back that, on occasion, shoots down your leg to your toes. If so, it could be signs you may have sciatica.

Most sciatica is caused by herniated discs, bone spurs, spinal tumors, or from being pregnant, spondylolisthesis, childbirth, diabetes, constipation, and/or even from sitting on a wallet for too long and often.

Sciatica can also be caused by your piriformis muscle getting aggravated and putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Most sciatic conditions only last a few weeks, but it can linger for longer periods of time. If you start to feel you may be suffering from sciatica, you should visit with your primary physician or local chiropractor to see if that is the problem.

While most treatment for the pain could involve prescription medications, or OTCs (over-the-counter meds), you can treat sciatica pain through non-invasive, non-addictive, and an all-natural way with chiropractic treatment.

What Should I Do?

For starters, if you think your condition is related to sciatic nerve pain, you probably should speak to your chiropractor as soon as possible. The worst thing you can do -- if you've gone more than six weeks dealing with the pain -- is not get it diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. 

Getting Adjusted

Your local chiropractor will diagnose your condition, then talk with you about treatment options and how long they could take to help you get relief and back to your normal, active lifestyle. Treatment is provided by a hands-on approach by making adjustments to your spine to make sure the vertebrae are aligned properly, and to help reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, and irritable nerves in the back that may be contributing to your condition.

Home Therapy

While receiving chiropractic care/treatments, your chiropractor may suggest you use ice therapy to help speed up the recovery process from your sciatic pain. You may also use what is called a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), which is a small box (usually made of plastic) that is battery powered and comes with pads to place on the area you want treated. The TENS uses electrical pulses to help reduce muscle spasms and ease pain.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Melbourne, Fla.

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