Sciatica is a far more common problem than most people think. It is therefore important to learn more about this condition, its causes, and other entailing conditions to provide better relief and care. The idea of using chiropractic methods to provide relief for sciatica has not risen until recently, but is already proving to be the most effective method around. Find out more details about what is sciatica, its causes, and how you can use chiropractic treatment to find relief for good. Introduction to Sciatica Sciatica happens whenever there is pressure on two Sciatic nerves, which are the tibial and common nerves. These two nerves are tied together by a sheath of connective tissue. Whenever there is pressure or any abnormality on these two nerves, it results in a condition known as sciatica. Patients will recognize this problem since the pain begins at the buttocks area, while also affecting the back and sides of the leg. Causes of Sciatica There are several causes for sciatica. However, health experts have suggested that chiropractic care is an effective way to deal with this problem, regardless of the cause. There are currently five recognized causes for this problem, which includes the following: - spinal stenosis - nerve entrapment - herniated disc issues - facet joint problem - tumors or infections Knowing that there are several possible causes to sciatica, doctors recommend that you visit a chiropractor first for diagnosis. Not only is proper diagnosis important to ensure effective and long lasting relief, but is also important for your own health and safety to avoid further complications. Chiropractic Diagnosis If your doctor has diagnosed that your sciatica problem is caused by herniated disc, then you will be recommended to under treatment program for disc injury. Meanwhile, those with sciatica caused by spinal stenosis suffer from pain due to inflammation of the sciatic nerves caused by the narrowing of your spinal column. Some chiropractors recommend you undergo treatment associated with leg pain. A specific kind of physical therapy is recommended for patients diagnosed with sciatica caused by facet joint problems. This is slightly similar to knee joint problems except that the pain is far more distributed in your spinal bones instead of being concentrated in one area. Finally, muscle therapies are recommended by chiropractors for patients diagnosed with sciatica due to nerve entrapment syndrome. The aim of the treatment is to facilitate a fuller range of motion in your facet joint as a result of mechanical imbalances on your hip and spine. Treating Sciatica Using Chiropractic Methods Diagnosis is the first step towards an effective chiropractic treatment for sciatica. Once the cause of the problem has been identified, only then will the chiropractor plan out the most effective yet non-invasive approach to relieve from pain. In the chiropractic care method, the chiropractors use their hands to regain full motion in the affected area. Spinal manipulation is the most common approach used for sciatica wherein a combination of thrusting or non-thrusting techniques, trigger point therapy, electrical stimulation, and instrument-assisted therapies are done. Make sure to take note of the doctor's recommendation when it comes to maintaining proper health on your back to avoid recurrence of sciatica and other entailing conditions.
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