Sciatica is one of the most common types of pain. However, it is widely misunderstood. Approximately 40% of people will experience it at some point in their lives. People who are more at risk of developing sciatica are those who suffer from low back pain. Obesity, smoking and sedentary lifestyle add to the risk of suffering from this complaint.
Sciatica is the result of irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve the body. You have two sciatic nerves, one on each side. These nerves form in the lower part of the lumbar spine and pass through the buttocks, down the back of each thigh, the calves and to the bottom of your feet, ending at the big toes. Pain known as sciatica occurs when one of the nerve roots in your low back that contribute to the sciatic nerve becomes pinched, stretched, or otherwise irritated. You may feel this pain through the entire course of the nerve, or just a portion of it, depending on exactly which fibers are irritated. Although it is commonly lumped in with low back pain, you may or may not have any back pain associated with this condition. Sciatica can take many forms from a dull discomfort, numbness or tingling to an intense pain that is often described as throbbing, stabbing or an electric shock sensation. The severity can range from minor discomfort to severe debilitating pain that makes standing or walking difficult.
Common causes of sciatica are bulging or herniated discs in the low back as well as spinal subluxations, which are misalignments of the spinal bones. This puts pressure on the nerve structures and causes the pain.
Sciatica typically does not respond well to medication. Painkillers simply mask the pain temporarily, but do nothing to correct the underlying problem. Opioids are highly addictive and destructive to your overall health. Surgery only successfully helps with the pain about 50% of the time and it results in scar tissue, which can then cause recurrence of the symptoms.
Trinity Chiropractic offers a drug-free, non-surgical approach to relieving your sciatica. We work to correct the underlying causes of your sciatica rather than just trying to cover up your pain. Dr. David Iszler takes a unique approach to correcting your condition, using the newest chiropractic technique available. Torque Release Technique (TRT) offers gentle and specific, neurologically based chiropractic care without the twisting and popping commonly associated with chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments help to restore proper motion and position of the misaligned bones in your spine. Other treatment options available are our gentle lumbar decompression table which helps to relieve the pressure on the discs, joints and nerves in your low back without the use of uncomfortable harnesses commonly used on other decompression tables. We have a state-of-the-art Class IV therapeutic deep tissue laser to help decrease your pain and inflammation while speeding along your body’s natural healing process. Electrical stimulation may also be used to decrease your pain and the tension in the muscles of your low back. Dr. Iszler will also focus on spinal and postural rehabilitation to address the structures that support your spine so your progress is faster and more permanent. We don’t just chase your pain, we address the underlying cause so you can get back doing what you love.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: What is sciatica?
A: Sciatica is the pain caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. It travels from the lower lumbar spine through the buttocks, down the back of the thigh and calf all the way to the bottom of your foot and ending at your big toe. You can experience symptoms at any point along this nerve.
Q: What causes sciatica?
A: Sciatica is frequently the result of a bulging or herniated disc in your low back. More commonly, it is due to a spinal misalignment, called a subluxation, in which the misalignment pinches, stretches or otherwise irritates the nerve roots that contribute to the sciatic nerve.
Q: Can chiropractic help sciatica?
A: Yes. Chiropractic adjustments help restore normal motion and position of the misaligned bones in your spine to relieve irritation to the sciatic nerve.
Q: Do the adjustments hurt?
A: No. Dr. Iszler is Advanced Proficiency Certified in the newest technique in chiropractic, called Torque Release Technique (TRT). This technique provides very gentle and specific adjustments to the one bone that needs it without twisting and popping so commonly associated with chiropractic adjustments.
Q: What treatments do you offer for sciatica?
A: The most important thing we do to help your sciatica is the chiropractic adjustment. Other treatment options include spinal decompression, Class IV deep tissue laser, electrical stimulation, as well as spinal and postural rehabilitation to address the structures that support your spine to speed your progress along and make your improvement more permanent.