Learn More About Finding Relief from Sciatica Pain

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Are you having trouble sleeping, driving, sitting, or performing daily tasks because of back pain? Often that back pain is sciatica. Sciatica is a common condition that about 40% of people get at some point in their lives.

The hallmark symptom of sciatica is pain that affects your lower back and radiates down through your buttock and leg. It usually affects only one side of your body. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to treat this pain.

What is sciatica and what causes it?

Sciatica is pain that results from impingement on your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and extends through your hips, buttocks, and down each leg. Sciatica pain can be mild to severe, ranging from mild discomfort and aches to sharp, burning pain or pain that feels like an electric shock.

It can last weeks, months, and sometimes years, or it may affect you only when you sneeze, cough, or sit for prolonged periods. Some people also experience weakness or tingling in the affected leg.

Sciatic pain occurs when your sciatic nerve becomes pinched or impinged by a herniated disk, a bone spur, or in rare cases, a tumor. Sciatica mostly affects people as they get older, when herniated discs and bone spurs are more likely to develop.

Other risk factors for sciatica, besides age, are:

Sciatica can also be the result of a muscle imbalance and is more common in people who have had previous back pain issues.

How to find relief from sciatica

With mild cases of sciatica, the pain usually subsides within a couple of weeks. But about 20-30% of people with sciatica pain can experience problems for several years.

If your sciatica pain does not go away on its own, there are several options to help you find relief. At Joyce Family Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. John Joyce develops a personalized, comprehensive non-invasive treatment plan to eliminate your pain and to prevent your sciatica from returning.

Dr. Joyce usually uses a combination of therapies for maximum pain relief and to help correct the underlying spinal alignment problem causing the compression. Often the first line of treatment is over-the-counter anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxers. Stretching exercises and simply walking regularly can help, too.

Dr. Joyce uses cold therapies to heal inflamed tissue and reduce the pain. Once the pain and inflammation have subsided, he can use spinal manipulation to correct misaligned vertebrae that may be causing the nerve compression.

Another treatment option is an ultrasound and cold laser technology to help reduce muscle cramping and spasms and loosen stiff joints. These treatments alone or in combination with physical therapy can help you find relief from sciatica pain.

For more information on how to get relief from long-term sciatic pain and prevent it from returning, call Joyce Family Chiropractic and Wellness in the Mount Greenwood area of Chicago or make an appointment online through our portal on this website.  

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