Last week we talked about what sciatica is and this week, we’ll talk about treatment what can be done to alleviate the pain and get you back to your best self.
Before sciatica can be treated, it needs to be diagnosed. A chiropractor can do this by reviewing the patient’s medical history and conducting a physical and neurological examination.
The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient’s sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as:
Ice/cold therapies: reduces inflammation and helps to control sciatic pain
Ultrasound: gentle heat created by sound waves that penetrates deep into tissues. Ultrasound increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.
TENS: unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a small box-like, battery-powered, portable muscle stimulating machine. Variable intensities of electrical current control acute pain and reduce muscle spasms. Larger versions of the home-use TENS units are used by chiropractors, physical therapists and other rehab professionals.
Spinal adjustments: adjustments free restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustments help reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica.
Most sciatica pain can be relieved in as little as a few weeks. If you think you’re suffering from sciatica, give our office a call. We can help.