The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and travels through your hips and down your legs on both sides of your body. When something irritates the sciatic nerve — such as muscles that are too tight, a herniated disc, or another back injury — the resulting pain and discomfort is a condition called sciatica. This condition usually only occurs on one side of the body and can result in pain, numbness, tingling, and inflammation. The pain usually follows the path of the nerve, starting in your back, going through your buttocks, and running through the back of your leg.
Many cases of sciatica can be treated with home care and a trip to the chiropractor.
How Can Chiropractors Help With Sciatica?
Chiropractors are a great option for treating sciatica. They are trained to treat spinal issues, musculoskeletal problems, and more. Chiropractic solutions for sciatica include using manipulation techniques to align your bones, muscles, and even organs. Bringing your body back into alignment can reduce pressure and inflammation on the sciatic nerve. Your chiropractor will work with you to discover the root cause of your sciatica and develop a customized treatment plan.
Chiropractors are also trained to let you know when you should seek a different type of expert’s advice. They may refer you to an acupuncturist or a physical therapist. They may also tell you to see your doctor for medication or further diagnostic tools. A chiropractor may recommend that you get X-rays or MRIs to get a full picture of what is going on.
Seeing a chiropractor is a low-risk option to treat sciatica with little-to-no side effects. Some cases of sciatica can be treated by a chiropractor in four or fewer sessions.
Home Care Tips for Sciatica Pain
There are many things you can do at home to relieve the symptoms of sciatica including:
- Stretching, especially focusing on your lower back
- Using ice packs or heat packs
- Taking over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medications
- Using a foam roller
Choosing the Right Chiropractor for Sciatica
Chiropractors are a great option because you do not need a referral to see one. You can simply browse online, find one who fits your needs and book an appointment directly. Many insurance plans cover chiropractic appointments. However, some insurance companies have varying stipulations for coverage. They may only cover “in-network” chiropractors or only cover a certain amount of money for chiropractic sessions.
When choosing a chiropractor, be sure they are properly certified and licensed for your area. If you are seeking a practitioner for a child or during pregnancy, find someone who specializes in those areas to be sure to receive the best care. Getting a recommendation from a friend or family member can be helpful, as can reading online reviews and testimonials.
We are a unique medical team with highly trained providers, including amazing chiropractors who can help you get on the path to healing from sciatica. We offer appointments in Nevada and Texas. Contact us to find out more and book an appointment. We look forward to helping you feel better.