Sciatica pain can be brutal and usually gets referred down to the legs right up to the toes. It generally starts with a persistent nagging pain, numbness and tingling on one side of the buttock or leg. Sometimes, on sitting down, the pain suddenly increases manifold.
The sciatic nerve is actually a collection of many individual nerve roots, emanating from the lower back and eventually combining near the lumbar segment 3 (L3). The nerve runs through the buttock and down the back of each leg. Being the longest nerve of the body, it is susceptible to injuries. Compression or inflammation along the sciatic nerve results in a persistent irritation and constant pain along the leg, in the gluteal region or on the hamstrings.
Common Causes of Sciatica Pain
- Irritation at the roots of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine
- Narrowing of the lumbar canal in the lower back
- Degeneration of discs in the spine
- Spondylolisthesis where one vertebra slips onto another
- Excessive weight gain
Piriformis Syndrome and Disc herniation compared to Sciatica pain:
Sciatica pain is very deceptive because it harbors some very similar symptoms as of Piriformis syndrome and disc herniation. The piriformis muscles lie under the gluteal muscles and concussions there can lead to inflammations that hit the sciatica nerve, triggering pain. Even disc herniation can kickoff sciatica pain when certain movements put pressure on the sciatica nerve. Simple tests like raising the leg, Braggard’s test or Bechterew’s test helps chiropractors diagnose sciatica pain
Most medical professionals prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) or aspirin in such cases but it is not enough for curing the condition. It does nothing more than to ease the pain for the time being. Some of the drugs also have severe side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding, liver damage, heart conditions, etc.
Treatment for Sciatica pain
Anyone who is facing discomfort or pain in the legs, thighs or near the buttocks need to ask themselves three questions-
- Does coughing or sneezing worsen the pain?
- While standing does the leg with the pain turn out more than the other one?
- Does straightening out the leg while sitting trigger
If answers to these questions are yes, you need help for sciatica.
State of the art treatment for Sciatica
Chiropractic therapy is the safest and one of the most effective treatment procedures for Sciatica pain. Physical therapy, exercises, massage therapy, stretching and traction are used by Chiropractors in several combinations to treat patients. Termed as the most effective Chiropractic tool, the Sigma Adjuster is a boon for sciatica patients. For those cases where disc herniation causes pressure or compression on the sciatica nerve and shoots up the pain, the adjuster comes very handy. It is a computerized equipment that thoroughly analyzes the vertebrae to identify areas of misalignment or herniation. Upon identification, it can adjust the anomaly by applying mechanical force on the displaced disc or bone. This immediately puts off the pressure on the nerve and the pain goes away for good.
Even though the condition has become so common among people, very few medical practitioners know how to effectively treat it. Most of the doctors use medicines to numb the pain which does no good to the patient in the long run. We at PPHC have applied our best chiropractors to treat sciatica pain and effectively rid every patient of the problem permanently. With the use of both traditional and new techniques and the Sigma Adjuster, we have the ability to cure you of your sciatica pain. Call us to obtain an effective treatment of your Sciatica pain.