Is Seeing a Chiropractor Good for Sciatica?
Welcome to Our Family Chiropractor. We look forward to helping you address your sciatic nerve pain and other musculoskeletal health concerns with our tailored chiropractic care.
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If you have ever felt a sharp-shooting pain that starts at your buttocks and beams down your leg, then there is a chance you have unfortunately experienced sciatica.
This uncomfortable condition occurs when the sciatic nerve roots, located in the lumbosacral spine, become inflamed, compressed, pinched or irritated. There are many reasons for this to occur and it is important to determine the root cause of your sciatic nerve pain.
Keep reading to learn more about sciatica, common symptoms, potential causes and how a chiropractor for sciatica may help relieve your pain and discomfort.
What are Sciatica Symptoms?
While it is different for each person, pain and discomfort are generally the most common and first symptoms of sciatica.
Some people describe their sciatic nerve pain as a dull persistent pain that starts in their lower back and shoots down one leg. It is rare for people to experience this pain in both legs at the same time, however, it is possible and will depend on where the nerve is being pinched.
Some people say they feel numbness or tingling similar to pins and needles, while others describe the pain as being similar to an electric shock.
The pain may be constant, throbbing, or may come and go and some people may also experience weakness in their leg.
What Triggers Sciatica?
Sciatica may be triggered by anything that can place pressure on the sciatic nerve or compress the nerve may trigger sciatica.
Your sciatic nerve may become pinched, inflamed or irritated as a result of:
- Lumbar herniated disc
- Direct compression of the sciatic nerve
- Tissue degeneration
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone spurs
- Vertebrae fracture or trauma injury
- Piriformis syndrome
What Causes Sciatica in Pregnancy?
Sciatica in pregnancy is typically caused when your baby and expanding uterus pushes up against your sciatic nerve.
Another factor contributing to sciatic nerve pain in pregnant women is an increase in relaxin, which is a hormone that softens your ligaments and helps prepare your pelvis for childbirth. This can place pressure on your joints and shift your centre of gravity, which can cause your sciatic nerve to become irritated or pinched.
Find out more about chiropractic and pregnancy on this page.
How May A Chiropractor Help With Sciatica Pain?
Chiropractic care for sciatica pain focuses on determining the root cause of the problem before performing any adjustments or any joint manipulations.
Chiropractors have a hands-on approach and often address sciatica with spinal adjustments, stretches and massage. The goal of chiropractic care for sciatic nerve pain is to help to relieve the pressure on the affected nerve.
Sciatica Pain FAQs
How long does it take for a chiropractor to fix sciatica?
Sciatica can be due to varying causes. This is why a thorough investigation of the cause of your sciatica is extremely important. It may be necessary that your Chiropractor may refer you off for imaging to gain more information, or based on the results of our testing, we may find it appropriate that we begin Chiropractic care and see if your body responds within a reasonable time frame.
How do I get my sciatic nerve to stop hurting?
The treatment depends on the cause. There are many different causes of Sciatic nerve pain and dysfunction. Some people find that simple stretching exercises help. For others, there is a deeper cause that can often be helped with Chiropractic adjustments and exercises. It is standard procedure that if we determine that you could be helped further by our practitioners referring you to an appropriate health care provider, we can do that for you also.
Can a chiropractor fix a pinched nerve?
Chiropractors often help nerve pain and dysfunction. As a health profession, our focus is on the nerve system and encouraging it to work optimally. We must determine the cause of your nerve dysfunction first before beginning a trial of Chiropractic care for your symptoms.
Chiropractor for Sciatica Sydney
At Our Family Chiropractor, you can rely on us to provide you with comfortable and professional chiropractic care, with your best interests in mind. We also work with other health practitioners for a multimodal approach to addressing your health concern.
Dr. Kerry Falzon (Chiropractor) is the principal chiropractor and founder of Our Family Chiropractor. Kerry studied a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science degree and followed this up with a Master of Chiropractic. Kerry has a passion for natural healthcare, particularly helping her clients achieve optimal nervous system health and spinal function. Areas of clinical interest include care for pregnant women, paediatric care, newborns, mums, dads, grandparents & athletes.