Do You Suffer from sciatica?
People who experience sciatica know all to well the sharp or achy pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness which radiate from the low back to the back of the leg. This is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve which occurs at the spine, pelvis, or gluteal muscles. However, the sensation is often felt far away from the problem site. Pain and numbness can occur anywhere from the buttocks down to the toes. Weakness can be felt throughout the leg and can give you a loss of balance or a feeling that your knee is going to buckle. This pain can stand in the way, sitting down, standing up, it doesn't seem to go away. This can make it hard to focus on anything else, and it can be hard to get anything done at work.
Usual Symptoms of Sciatica
Sharp pain from the buttocks through the leg
Numbness or tingling throughout the back of leg and feet
Pain made worse by standing, sitting and walking
Weakness throughout the leg
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica is usually caused by a misaligned spine as a result of incorrect posture and joint damage. This causes compression on the sciatic nerve. As you partake in day to day activities with poor posture, such as sitting at a desk hunched over, or looking down at your phone, the spine is put out of alignment. This results in wear and tear of spinal joints and discs and further pressure on the sciatic nerve, which is what causes that intense pain that radiates down your leg.
Should I get Surgery?
A recent study done at the National Spine Center in Canada shows that spinal manipulation treatment received through Chiropractic care is just as effective at treating Sciatica as a $10,000 surgery. Chiropractic can relieve your pain without the incisions in your back, the risk of complications making things worse, and without missing work due to recovery time.
Drug Free Treatment
If you've seen another medical specialist about sciatic pain, you may have been prescribed some sort of painkiller or steroids. These drugs only offer a temporary pain relief. Drugs fail to combat the cause of pain and ignore underlying issues within the spine which can prolong pain or make it worse. That's not to mention that these drugs often carry harmful side effects like drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and even kidney disease.
The best way to go about relieving your sciatica is through careful and customized chiropractic care that addresses the root of the problem, without the cost and risk of surgery, or the damage of painkillers. Dr. Fowler treats sciatica with a careful evaluation and a gentle adjustment technique.
After an examination to locate the source of the nerve pressure, Dr. Fowler will create a specialized treatment plan just for you. This will most likely include spinal adjustments, posture training and muscle therapy and may also include laser therapy and PEMF therapy There are many other temporary treatments out there like ointments, rubs, medications. Getting to the cause, returning balance and function to your spine and maintaining it is the best solution to getting rid of your sciatica for good.