Sciatica | Springfield MO
Emergency room doctors say that sciatica is one of the most common things they encounter each year in Springfield MO. Millions of people in America will suffer with the pain of sciatica, and many never achieve a long term solution. Their problem continues to worsen because they have not received the correct treatment.
Sciatica refers to a persistent pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down through the buttock, and into the lower leg. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body. It controls the muscles of the lower leg and provides sensation to the thighs, legs, and the soles of the feet.
Although sciatica is a relatively common form of low-back and leg pain, the true meaning of the term is often misunderstood. Sciatica is actually a set of symptoms—not a diagnosis for what is irritating the nerve root and causing the pain.
Sciatica occurs most frequently in people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. Most often, it tends to develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine, as opposed to a result of injury.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
Most commonly, patients who suffer from sciatica experience pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, from the lower back and down one leg, typically felt on one side of the body.
- Sciatic might also cause:
- Mild tingling
- Dull ache
- Burning sensation
- Pins-and-needles sensation, most often in the toes or foot
- Numbness or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot
It is important to note that pain from sciatica often begins slowly, gradually intensifying over time. In addition, the pain can worsen after prolonged sitting, sneezing, coughing, bending, or other sudden movements.
How can sciatica be treated?
For most people, sciatica responds very well to conservative care, including chiropractic. Keeping in mind that sciatica is a symptom and not a stand-alone medical condition, treatment plans will often vary depending on the underlying cause of the problem.
Chiropractic offers a non-invasive (non-surgical), drug-free treatment option. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation. Depending on the cause of the sciatica, a chiropractic treatment plan may cover several different treatment methods, including but not limited to spinal adjustments, ice/heat therapy, ultrasound, TENS, and rehabilitative exercises.
Can sciatica be prevented?
While it’s not always possible to prevent sciatica, consider these suggestions to help protect your back and improve your spinal health.
- Maintain a healthy diet and weight
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain proper posture
- Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest
- If you smoke, seek help to quit
- Use good body mechanics when lifting
How Long Does it Take to Correct Sciatica?
Treatment length can vary significantly from patient to patient. Some people respond very quickly while others take more time to recover. It really depends on the condition of the disc or the joints that the chiropractor has to correct. In most cases, the longer the issue persists, the longer it will take to achieve correction. The great news is that it typically takes less time to fix an issue like this than it took to create it.
In the US the amount of people that end up with back surgery is staggering, and the low success rate is disappointing. It’s estimated that back surgery is only about 15% effective within a five year period of time. That’s simply not good enough for you.
If you are serious about turning this problem around, and avoiding surgery, call our team at Meek Chiropractic in Springfield MO today. We are here to answer any questions you have, and we look forward to meeting you soon.