The sciatic nerve is one of the longest nerves in the body, and when it’s under pressure, you may end up feeling pain from your lower back all the way down your leg. It can be hard to move your leg and foot, can make it difficult to sit, and may result in shooting pain when you stand up. Sciatica is the medical term used when something has irritated the nerve. This can include issues such as degenerative disc disease, a strain in your back, or an injury from a car or slip and fall. No matter what the cause, after only a few days of severe sciatic pain, you’ll understand why sciatica isn’t something people take lightly.
What Can a Chiropractor Do?
Dealing with the pain from sciatica can prevent you from enjoying life to its fullest. If it’s severe, it may even stop you from working and doing normal tasks. Fortunately, a chiropractor can help you. Chiropractic adjustments can relieve the pressure being put on the sciatic nerve, lessening or even stopping the pain for a good period of time. By decompressing the spine, the chiropractor will temporarily stop the cause of pain. This relief can last for days, weeks, or even months, depending on what is causing your sciatic and how bad it is.
Can Chiropractic Adjustment be my Only Sciatic Treatment?
Sciatica is likely to recur if you don’t have the source of the pressure on the nerve dealt with, but that doesn’t always mean you need to resort to surgery. If the pain isn’t that severe and doesn’t recur often, visiting a chiropractor regularly can be the solution. If the pain starts recurring more often and becomes debilitating, however, you may have to look at a different option that removes the cause of sciatica.
If you’re dealing with sciatic pain and would like relief, Dr. Jeff Mollins is here to help. Dr. Mollins is a licensed chiropractor who understands sciatic pain and how to relive it. Contact Dr. Mollins today to learn more and to book an appointment.