Sciatica and Chiropractors: How You Can Get Back Pain Relief
What is Sciatica?
If you are feeling lower back pain that spreads to the hip, butt, and leg, you may have sciatica. This is because the pain is caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve, the nerve that runs from your lower back and down the back of each leg. In most cases of sciatica, it only affects one side of the body and should go away within a couple of weeks. To decrease pain, your local Greensboro chiropractor at Williams Chiropractic & Decompression Center P.C. can help.
Just because you are having neck and back pain, does not mean that it is caused by the sciatic nerve. Your doctor can determine if it is sciatica by determining where the pain is coming from. The most common causes are:
- Herniated disk
- Narrowing of the spinal canal or spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumors
- Muscle inflammation
- Inflammation of one or both joints that connects the pelvis to the lower spine
To diagnose the cause of the back pain, a doctor will perform muscle tests. They may have you squat, walk on your heels and toes, or have you raise your leg. A doctor may also order imaging tests like an MRI or X-ray to help determine how severe the sciatica may be.
In most cases of sciatica, the pain will go away within a couple of weeks. If the pain doesn't go away or becomes too severe, surgery may be needed. To help with the pain, a chiropractor can help with adjustments to relieve your lower back pain. What also may help is applying heat pads or ice packs to the pain while at home. Staying active by exercising and stretching will help reduce inflammation and pain. Another thing that might help is DTS or a decompression traction system. Your chiropractor will use a DTS to gently stretch the spine to treat sciatica. Ask your chiropractor if DTS will help with your neck or back pain.
Make an Appointment
If you have been having pain in your neck or back, make an appointment today at Williams Chiropractic & Decompression Center P.C. in Greensboro, NC. One of our certified chiropractors can help determine the cause of the pain, whether it's sciatica or something else, and will also be able to identify if it's a more serious injury that may need surgery. Consider a non-medicated healing process with a chiropractor today to help relieve pain and get you back on your feet.