Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica Pain

Your physician has diagnosed that simultaneous lower back pain and nerve pain running down the back of your legs is sciatica.

Okay, you know what it is - but how do you get rid of sciatica pain?

While the majority of sciatica sufferers recover from the condition without surgery, some sciatica treatment options are more effective than others - particularly chiropractic treatment tailored for sciatica pain.


But first, what is sciatica?

Sciatica is characterized by back pain arising from problems with the sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that runs from the lower back through the back of each leg. Injuries and slipped, compressed, or herniated disks put pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in sharp back pain that radiates down the legs, hips, and buttocks.

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What causes sciatica?

Sciatica causes can vary, including:

  • Obesity - Extra body weight adds pressure on the spine, leading to spinal changes that can trigger or increase risks of sciatica.
  • Age - Arguably the most common cause of sciatica pain, the changes to the spine as we age make us more susceptible to herniated disks or bone spurs.
  • Lifestyle - Occupations where you're lifting heavy objects or twisting and turning a lot can make you vulnerable to sciatic pain.
  • Sedentary Living - Someone sitting for long periods or having a sedentary lifestyle is at higher risk of sciatica than those living actively.
  • Diabetes - The condition increases chances of nerve damage, which can be a portent of sciatica.

What are common sciatica symptoms?

Lower back pain that travels to your buttock and down the back of each leg is the calling card of sciatica. You may feel pain at any point along the sciatic nerve, but this is the most common path of sciatica pain. Typically, just one leg and side of the body is affected, but could be both sides at once.

Sciatica pain falls on a wide spectrum, from mild aches, to sharp burning sensations, to unbearable pain. In severe cases, the pain can feel like an electric shock, exacerbated when you sneeze or from sitting for long periods of time.

Some people also experience numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg, and sometimes a combination of the tree in different areas of the legs and back.

If you experience any of the following sciatica symptoms, you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble controlling bowel or bladder functions
  • Weakness in the affected leg
  • Loss of feeling in the affected leg
  • Sudden, severe pains in your lower back

Is chiropractic care an effective sciatica treatment?

Regular exercise, proper sitting posture, and correct body mechanics are all preventative tactics that safeguard your body from sciatica.

But if your sciatic nerve is already pinched and you're experience lower back pain that travels throughout your legs, a more hands on approach like chiropractic adjustment for sciatica pain may significantly reduce discomfort.

Chiropractic treatment for sciatica is a safe, proven method that targets lower back pain, thereby alleviating the pressure on the spine and the sciatic nerve. Spinal adjustments, or spinal decompression therapy, can be personalized for a sciatica patient - which we do here at Dr. Lanoue's Family Chiropractic Clinic - with the main goal of improving restricted spinal mobility and function. Spinal adjustments can be complemented by other common sciatica treatments, including ice/cold therapy, ultrasounds, and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units, laser therapy and/or PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic wave therapy), depending on your prognosis and personalized chiropractic care plan.

As far as standard treatments for sciatica go, chiropractic care is one of the safest, most effective recovery options that's non-invasive and drug-free, at  your disposal.

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Suffering from sciatica pain? Schedule an appointment at Dr. Lanoue's Family Chiropractic, and we'll devise a chiropractic treatment for sciatica pain that's custom to your body and needs.