Sciatica nerve pain and symptoms are normally associated with a squeezed or compressed spinal nerve root (from the spinal cord exiting to the lower back) in the back. The Sciatic nerve is one of four large Sciatic nerve branches that originate in the lower back and exit through the buttock, the hip joint, the sacrum, and the thigh. Your Sciatic nerve is a complex neurological structure that includes the largest Sciatic nerve trunk stretching from the top of the lumbar spine down the width of the back. Due to its positioning, the Sciatica nerve is very vulnerable to compression, irritation, swelling, inflammation, and even inflammation and swelling of the surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints.
When these structures become inflamed or irritated, inflammation can often cause severe pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the area. There are various treatment options available to relieve sciatica nerve pain, but the underlying cause(s) must be identified and treated. A herniated disc refers to a disc that has become stretched or weakened due to normal wear and tear, age, or other factors. Common causes include arthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, muscle imbalance, and trauma.
A Chiropractor treats Sciatica nerve pain by using a series of techniques designed to strengthen the spine, improve flexibility, and release pressure on affected areas. A Chiropractor uses specific spinal manipulation techniques combined with manual therapy to treat not only the symptoms of Sciatica but also to restore proper spinal alignment. Manipulation and manual therapy are used to realign the spine, realigning the intervertebral discs to prevent herniating discs, promoting healing of damaged tissues, and relieving pressure on the spinal nerves and muscles that support the spine. The use of decompression therapy has also proven effective, as have different stretches and exercises designed to increase the flexibility of the muscles and the spine. Many of the treatments recommended by a Chiropractor for Sciatica nerve pain are not overly complicated or expensive. In fact, many of them are common home treatments that people already know and enjoy.
One of the most common methods of pain management when it comes to Sciatica is through stretching and exercise. Stretching helps to elongate and lengthen the muscles that control the lower back and help to relieve pressure on that part of the body. Stretching exercises can be performed in the privacy of your own home. To help prevent the onset of Sciatica, it’s recommended that you also perform low level and static stretches daily to maintain proper muscle flexibility.
A healthy buttock is crucial to effective Sciatica nerve pain management. This is because a tight buttock is one of the main places where the Sciatic nerve begins its journey through the body. A weak or tight buttock can put added stress on the sciatic nerve itself and contribute to its severity. Strengthening your buttock can help to strengthen and lengthen the muscles that support your lower back. Plus, it can help to reduce excess muscle tension that can cause or contribute to the onset of Sciatica nerve pain.
Some people choose to undergo surgery for Sciatica nerve pain relief. Surgery is a serious option, but it should always be used as a last resort. Although surgery may provide immediate relief from symptoms, the root cause of the symptoms will still remain. So in order to permanently treat Sciatica, you need to treat the root cause – not the symptoms. By combining treatments for sciatica with proper exercise and healthy lifestyle choices, you can effectively relieve pain caused by Sciatica without experiencing the side effects associated with prescription pain medications.