Chiropractic Care Reduces Sciatic Pain, Promotes Healing

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Have you been experiencing pain along one side of your body from your lower back down through your hip and the back of your leg? If so, you could be suffering from a condition called sciatica.

According to the Mayo Clinic, sciatica can best be described as most commonly occurring when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg. However, realistically, there are a variety of issues weigh in on an individual’s likelihood of ending up with sciatica. Most of them deal with increased pressure on the spine.

Obesity: carrying too much weight is instrumental in bringing on a number of health related issues. Extra pounds overload the spine, causing excess pressure, and sometimes even damage to the discs, that results in sciatica.

Improper lifting: Individuals who frequently twist the bodies and lift heavy loads are more likely to suffer from sciatica. Certain jobs that require these movements are a key cause of the condition.

Sedentary lifestyle: A person’s job does not have to involve lifting to be responsible for this condition. Sitting for extended periods without stretching or standing puts excess pressure on the spine and can cause sciatica.

Physical Age: Getting older can affect all of our body’s joints and bones in a negative manner, especially if we never committed to an exercise routing. An individual’s back often deteriorates with age, causing bone spurs and herniated disks that sometimes result in sciatica.

Treatment options for sciatica are varied, and the choice depends on the severity of the condition.

Pain medication:
A common and easy way to treat sciatica is through the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, which are frequently used to reduce the inflammation around the nerve which is the source of pain. Over-the-counter pain medicines, as well as codeine, may also help with pain management.

Acupuncture:
Alternative therapies like acupuncture have shown positive results in the treatment of sciatica. If a drug-free treatment option appeals to you, Dr. Mike Kleker is a highly trained and experienced acupuncturist who can help reduce the pain and inflammation you may be experiencing.

Strengthening exercises: A consistent exercise program strengthens your muscles and helps the body function effectively. Ask Dr. Kleker which exercises assist the body with healing from sciatic pain.

Supplements: Supplying the body with vital vitamins and minerals assists in overall health in general, including improvement from sciatica. Daily doses of supplements such as calcium, magnesium, St. John’s Wort, and Vitamin B12 have shown to treat sciatica effectively.

Chiropractic care: Your Fort Collins Chiropractor understands all things spine-related, and he will work with the body as a whole to help it heal itself. Chiropractic treatment is safe for sciatica and works to align the spine and reduce the stress to the lower back. Treatment helps alleviate the underlying causes of the condition and shows positive results in a short amount of time.

Dealing with sciatica is painful and irritating, as the condition often sidelines the sufferer from daily activities. By knowing the treatment options that are effective in combating both the underlying causes and the pain of sciatica, sufferers can begin a regimen that will help them get back on their feet, pain-free in the shortest period of time possible.

If you are suffering from sciatica and would like to talk to an experienced chiropractor about how to treat the condition, contact us today at (970) 377-1775 to schedule a free consultation or appointment.