Sciatica Treatment From Your East Meadow Chiropractor
Sciatica is a very painful condition in which pain originates in the buttocks or lower back and then travels down into one or both of the patient's legs. The name of the condition, sciatica, takes its name from the sciatic nerve as it's when this nerve gets compressed that the pain arises. At Comprehensive Chiropractic Care in East Meadow, we have several sciatica treatment options available.
Sciatic nerve pain can happen due to a number of outside events including, but not limited to, herniated or bulging discs, pregnancy and childbirth, lumbar spine subluxations, diabetes, and the simple act of sitting too long and too often on a fat, back pocket wallet. If you were injured in something like a slip and fall accident, then you may have developed sciatica due to piriformis syndrome. Piriformis syndrome was named after the piriformis muscle and the syndrome occurs when this muscle is injured.
Chiropractic Care and Treatment of Sciatica
The goal of chiropractic care and sciatica treatment is to aid the body in repairing the damage done to cause sciatic pain. The type of treatments that are administered by your local East Meadow chiropractor will be non-invasive and will generally not involve any drugs unless you specifically request them. The most common types of sciatica treatment include:
- Cold therapy: Ice and cold compression packs are paired with massages and they can help reduce the inflammation that is associated with sciatica and thereby reduce the pain.
- Ultrasound therapy: Here, instead of coldness, your chiropractor will use sound waves that are capable of penetrating deep into your body's muscles and producing heat. By using ultrasounds in this way, your body will improve circulation and thereby reduce muscle stiffness, cramping, and the swelling which causes sciatic pain.
- Chiropractic adjustments: Spinal adjustments are a core treatment plan offered by your chiropractor and their team. Your doctor will manipulate your spine to increase its mobility and restore misaligned vertebral bodies. This type of adjustment can be particularly helpful for those who suffer from sciatic pain caused by subluxation.
- Electrical currents: In some cases, the use of a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit may be recommended. This specialty device utilizes variable electrical currents to stimulate muscles and control the acute pain that is often associated with sciatic nerve pain. Your chiropractor will have a large TENS unit on-hand to administer professional treatments with, but, depending upon the severity of your pain and the cause of your sciatica, they may also advise you on purchasing a smaller, portable unit to use at home.
Schedule Your Sciatica Treatment
Contact Comprehensive Chiropractic Care in East Meadow today to schedule your chiropractic appointment and take the first step towards pain relief. No one should have to live with debilitating pain, call us at (516) 489-2212 for a consultation.