Sciatic nerve pain relief
Fast sciatic nerve pain relief is possible with the safe and effective chiropractic treatment options we offer here at Synergy Wellness. But first, we need to understand what it is and what it is not. Since sciatica is a very common reason for back and leg pain, it’s understandable that pain from unrelated causes is often mislabeled as sciatica. In those cases, it could stem from strained or damaged muscles or ligaments.
Where is the sciatic nerve?
Sciatic nerve pain is often uncomfortable, distracting, and even debilitating. Starting in the lower back, it can extend down the leg and into the foot and toes. The source of actual sciatica pain comes from irritation of the sciatic nerve. Pressure or pinching of this sciatic nerve that originates in the L4 and L5 vertebrae in your lower back is the cause of most sciatica pain, hence its name. If you take a look at the sciatic nerve diagram, you’ll see that the sciatic nerve is the large nerve that runs down the back of each leg. Like a large river created by smaller streams, five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two sciatic nerves. Check out my video, What is sciatica and how is it best treated.
Thankfully, it’s rare for sciatica to cause permanent nerve damage. At Synergy Wellness, a proper evaluation will quickly determine whether or not your back or leg pain stems from sciatica or a different cause. There are several non-invasive treatments available through chiropractic care that successfully offers fast sciatic nerve pain relief. The three main techniques we use at Synergy Wellness are cox flexion-distraction, spinal decompression, and cold laser therapy. I’ll explain each of those a little more later on.
What causes sciatica?
Those suffering from sciatica are often in their late 30s, 40s, and 50s, but it can start at a younger age. Women are more likely to develop sciatica pain during pregnancy as the expanding uterus can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. The soft, pulpy disc between each spinal bone is another culprit. While a disc can’t “slip,” it can bulge or herniate, putting direct pressure on the nearby nerves.
It’s easy to trace some spinal problems to an event, such as a car accident. For sciatica, it is often the result of repetitive injuries or cumulative damage. Several years of poor muscle tone, bad posture, and excess weight can set the stage for future injuries. Then something as simple as bending over to tie your shoes can trigger an episode.
Spinal decay is another problem that slowly breaks down the normal function of your spine. This can be caused by untreated spinal stress resulting from numerous factors such as poor posture or improper lifting, accidents or other trauma, and poor exercise and diet to name just a few.
Disc thinning commonly puts pressure on the sciatic nerves. Arthritic bone spurs, although not as common, can intrude into space normally reserved for the nerve causing pressure. The result is swelling, inflammation, and pain especially when coughing, sneezing or other kinds of sudden movement. Sciatica often worsens with extended bed rest.
While about 85% of causes are spinal related, one cause that is not is Piriformis syndrome. This occurs when the sciatic nerves get caught and pinched in the piriformis muscles in the gluteal region. My video on fast sciatica pain relief shows how to relieve pain from piriformis syndrome.
Causes of sciatica
- Injury or trauma to the spine
- Bulging or Herniated disc
- Degenerative spinal arthritis
- Anything that causes irritation to the nerve
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal tumors
- Piriformis syndrome
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Sciatica usually begins as an acute lower back pain that extends down the back of either leg that is worse when sitting. The pain often worsens with prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Sciatica generally only affects one side or the other and the pain can go as far as the foot and toes of the affected leg. The severity and duration of sciatic nerve pain can vary from person to person depending on the factors of each individual case.
Additional symptoms of sciatica
- A shooting pain that makes it hard to stand
- Weakness or numbness in the affected leg, foot, or toes
- Burning or tingling in the affected leg, foot, or toes
- Constant pain on one side of the rear end
You do not have to choose between drugs and surgery or living with pain. You have another choice. Sciatic nerve pain relief is possible.
In our next post, Treatment for sciatic nerve pain, we will take a more in-depth look at the safe and effective treatments to achieve sciatic nerve pain relief through chiropractic care. Chiropractic offers the best nonsurgical, drug-free results with less invasive and natural methods.
Dr. David Kulla provides treatments for sciatic nerve pain at Synergy Wellness Chiropractic & Physical Therapy in New York City. Schedule an appointment today and take the first step to freedom from sciatica pain with safe and effective chiropractic care.
Best chiropractor NYC
Dr. David Kulla is a successful Chiropractor in New York City certified in Cox® Technic, Electro-Diagnostic testing, and Physiotherapy. Dr. Dave created Synergy Wellness Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, Pllc. to bring together the many benefits of chiropractic, physical therapy, and nutrition. Synergy Wellness is located at 409 East 14th Street, Suite C, New York, NY 10009. To schedule a consultation, visit our contact page.