What Is Sciatica And How To Treat It?

Published on 25 June 2014

If you are experiencing leg pain probably accompanied with numbness, tingling or weakness that started from your lower back and goes down through your buttock to the large sciatic nerve located in the back of each leg, you might experiencing a sciatica.  The sciatica is the term used to describe the symptoms of leg pain. Sciatica itself is not a medical diagnosis but a symptom of an underlying medical condition.  The sciatica could be a symptom of more serious medical problem such as spinal stenosis, lumbar herniated disc, spondylolisthesis or degenerative disc disease.

The sciatic pain experience may vary from irregular and annoying pain to continuous and incapacitating agony. The sciatic pain is commonly caused by the nerve compression. The most common disorder that causes sciatica are lumbar spine subluxations, bulging or herniated discs, tumors, pregnancy, childbirth, constipation, and other non-spinal disorder such as diabetes or sitting on back pocket wallet. The compression of the nerve could result to the sensory loss (or loss of feeling), paralysis of group of muscles or a single limb, and insomnia.

Doctors of Chiropractic medicine are capable of diagnosing and treating sciatica. Fremantle chiropractor may use diagnostic test such as x-ray, CT scan, MRI or electrodiagnostic tests. The mentioned tests are necessary to determine the possible contraindications to spinal adjustments and other chiropractic therapies. The main goal of chiropractic treatment is not to treat the sciatica directly to but help the body to heal itself. Chiropractic treatment is non-surgical and drug free.

Fremantle chiropractor treatment plan for patients experiencing sciatica may include ultrasound, cold or ice therapies, TENS and spinal manipulation or spinal adjustments. As mentioned, sciatica is just a symptom of an underlying medical condition. A chiropractor doctor may refer a patient to other type of doctor that specializes on whatever underlying medical condition he discovers. In most cases, the referring chiropractor works hand in hand with the other specialist.