Sciatica Treatment with Chiropractic
Sciatica pain can range from mildly annoying to unbearable.
About 40% of people will suffer from sciatica. What they may not realize, however, is that sciatica isn’t a condition itself – it’s a symptom of a larger spinal injury and it won’t go away forever without comprehensive chiropractic treatment.
Dr. Michael Irhin of Commons Chiropractic Center in Denville will work with you to develop a personalized sciatica treatment plan that targets your pain from the source without invasive surgery or dangerous drugs.
Getting to the Root of Your Sciatica Pain and Symptoms
Sciatica typically stems from lower back injuries or subluxations. When vertebrae slip out of place or don’t function properly, that’s called a subluxation.
Bulging, herniated, or damaged discs in the lumbar spine are specific types of subluxations that pinch or irritate the sciatic nerve. With sciatica, you’ll notice symptoms like
- An electric-like pain that shoots from one buttock down through your thigh
- Pain that gets worse with sitting or bearing weight on the affected leg
- Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the affected leg
Not only that, but spinal discs contain hyaluronic acid which might be great for skin health but when hyaluronic acid leaks from vertebrae, it triggers nerve inflammation.
What’s Causing Your Sciatica?
Identifying the source of your nerve pain is critical for effective sciatica treatment. While most cases of sciatica are caused by bulging or herniated lumbar discs, several conditions can cause sciatic nerve irritation and damage including
- Spinal stenosis: narrowing of the spinal canal
- Spondylolisthesis: vertebrae slip forward and compress surrounding nerves
- Piriformis syndrome: muscles spasms in the hip
- Spinal tumors: rare; can be benign or malignant
- Acute trauma: auto, work, or sports injuries
Dr. Irhin will ask questions about your symptoms, posture, daily routine, and medical history. He’ll also order x-rays and conduct a thorough exam.
Comprehensive and All-Natural Sciatica Treatment in Denville
The goal is to identify what’s causing your sciatic pain so Dr. Irhin of Commons Chiropractic Center in Denville can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan.
Dr. Irhin will use the gentlest treatment method possible and will never prescribe you dangerous narcotics. OTC and prescription drugs don’t do anything to fix the problem anyway – they’re only a temporary solution to mask the pain.
Depending on the cause, your sciatica treatment may include gentle spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustments to improve range of motion and correct subluxations. The goal here is to release pressure on the vertebrae in your lower back which will relieve irritation on the sciatic nerve.
Dr. Irhin will also likely recommend physiotherapy to encourage proper posture and strengthen lower back muscles. Your personalized treatment plan will reduce immediate pain and set you up for long-term recovery!
Back injuries causing sciatic pain don’t disappear on their own. Schedule an appointment at Commons Chiropractic Center now or call 973-366-3335.