It’s difficult to self-diagnose sciatica since the pain happens in several ways. Described alternately as dull or sharp, throbbing or stabbing, constant or intermittent, it means different pain for many patients. Pain may originate in the lower back or buttocks and usually has a component that travels down one or both legs. Pain isn’t always constant throughout the affected areas. Sharp lower back pain may be accompanied by a pins-and-needles sensation down the leg.
Generally, sciatica stems from compression of the sciatic nerve. How that compression happens varies between sufferers, which accounts for the range of pain felt. The sciatic nerve may be compressed by misalignments of the spine, herniated discs, pregnancy or even something as simple as sitting on an overloaded wallet.
The first step is an accurate diagnosis. This involves a review of the patient’s medical history as well as a physical exam to determine the factors that lead to the sciatic nerve pain.
The nature of most chiropractic treatment aims to aid self-healing of the body, so restoring the spine into proper alignment and balancing the bones in the pelvis and hip areas frequently feature in treatment. While relief from acute pain may result from a single adjustment, fully relieving symptoms usually takes several visits. At that point, a patient moves out of relief care into corrective care.
Just as the condition causing sciatic pressure probably didn’t arise overnight, the correction of the condition takes time. Even if you’re not feeling any sciatica symptoms, ongoing treatment and wellness support prevent future episodes.
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