Man with Sciatica

Sciatica – Did You Know That Chiropractic Can Help?

Research has revealed that Chiropractic adjustments helped sciatica sufferers achieve relief from low back and leg symptoms. Sciatica is a generic term that is used to describe an underlying health condition. It typically presents as any of the following symptoms such as pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling starting in the low back and radiating down the large sciatic nerve in the back of either leg. People suffering from sciatica often describe altered sensations such as a feeling of pins and needles that torment the body at varying degrees of pain and discomfort.

Millions of People are Affected by Sciatica

Sciatica ranges from just a slight annoyance to a debilitating problem. Most sciatica sufferers end up taking potent prescription medications to deal with the painful symptoms. Often, medical doctors prescribe strong NSAIDS (non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) to help patients cope with the radiating pain. All medications used for sciatica come with a list of dangerous side effects.

The Cause Can Vary

The cause of sciatica can vary from person to person suffering from this condition. There are many underlying factors, which contribute to the presence of sciatic type symptoms ranging from herniated discs, muscle strains, scar tissue, inflammation, bone fractures, and many others. As we age it gets worse! Adults over the age of 55 begin experiencing degenerative changes in the spine and stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal leading a flattening or increased pressure on the spinal cord itself!) in the lower back along with complicating factors that accompany an aging body. Similar patterns of pain tend to present themselves throughout these various causes.

What is Radiculopathy?

The medical community refers to sciatica as “radiculopathy”.  Radiculopathy may involve one or all of the following, pain, numbness, weakness, or altered sensations, which travel down an extremity( an arm or leg). Radiculopathies in the back of either leg have become typically labeled as sciatica. Sciatica also applies to pinched or compressed nerve pain. Chiropractic provides relief from discomfort of sciatica due to the involvement of the spine and nervous system. Gentle, specific administered adjustments to the spine allow the body to recover and manage the underlying conditions that lead to sciatica.

The Research

Research published in the reputable “Spine Journal” revealed a group of patients suffering from low back pain and sciatica achieved great results from Chiropractic adjustments. The research monitored patients suffering from low back pain and sciatica. Those found to have spinal misalignments (subluxations) received a low backside posture adjustment. Other patients received a placebo (fake) adjustment. Patients who received Chiropractic adjustments achieved a 55% improvement involving the shooting pain down their legs. Only 20% of patients receiving the placebo adjustments reported improvement.

Those receiving active spinal care enjoyed significant greater relief of local and radiating pain, spent fewer days with moderate to severe pain, and consumed fewer drugs for the control of the pain. This data continues to add to the expansive evidence, which shows why Chiropractic care should be a primary intervention recommended for people experiencing low back pain or radiating sciatica-type symptoms. Safe and effective Chiropractic care serves as the healthiest alternative to any care plan involving harmful and dangerous drugs. Get to the source of the issue with the health benefits of Chiropractic.

The Spine Journal-March 2006

“Chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with a disc protrusion: a randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations.” V Santilli, E. Beghi, S. Finucci.

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