Sciatica is unfortunately a common problem amongst Americans and it affects more than 3 million people yearly. Suffering from sciatica pain is extremely uncomfortable and frustrating as sciatica pain can make it difficult to sit or stand. It can often be felt as a sharp and stabbing pain. Sciatica pain usually is the result of a compressed sciatic nerve, but it can also be caused by misaligned vertebrae, tumors, slipped and or herniated discs, pregnancy, and diabetes.
But don’t worry, there’s help for sciatica pain. Your local Pompano Beach chiropractor can help you create a treatment plan to reduce and alleviate symptoms and pain as a result of a sciatic nerve.
Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, it stems from your buttocks and then goes all the way down the back of your leg down to your toes. As such it connects your legs to your spinal cord and any issues with your sciatic nerve can result in numbness and weakness in your legs.
Chiropractic doctors in Pompano Beach can provide non-invasive, non-surgical, and holistic treatment to help reduce and relieve sciatica pain. Spinal and manual manipulation, electronic stimulation, ultrasounds, and hot and cold therapy are some of the most common types of sciatica pain treatment provided by Pompano Beach chiropractic doctors.
Spinal and manual manipulation, or also known as adjustments, are effective in alleviating sciatica pain because it helps to improve your range of motion and realign vertebras that have become misaligned. These adjustments can also reduce nerve irritation, muscle spasms, and other symptoms linked to sciatica pain.
Electronic stimulation produced by a TENS unit, or a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a small battery-powered device that emits electronic pulses that can help to reduce pain and the likelihood of muscle spasms. These TENS units can be found in your chiropractic doctor’s office or can be purchased for in-home use to continue electronic stimulation treatment at home.
Ultrasounds are a common treatment for sciatica pain because the sound waves emitted by an ultrasound machine helps to improve your blood circulation and improved blood circulation can also help in reducing cramps, muscle stiffness, and muscle spasms.
Hot and cold therapy can relieve and reduce sciatica pain by applying a heating source such as a heating pad for a period of 10 to 15 minutes followed by a cold source such as ice or a bag of frozen veggies for another 10 to 15 minutes.