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Chiropractic care for sciatic pain is becoming more popular as Charlotte residents discover its benefits. Sciatic pain is not a medical condition, but symptomatic of other conditions. The sciatic nerve, also known as the ischiadic nerve, is a large nerve fiber that begins in the back, runs through the buttock and down the lower limb. In fact, it is the longest and widest nerve the human body, running from the top of the leg to the bottom foot in the rear of the body.

It’s no wonder, that when it is compressed or inflamed, the pain is not only severe, it is debilitating for some people.  It is a tricky nerve to treat, and often the only thing medical doctors can do is to treat the pain with medication. However, some people don’t like the side effects of pain medication, and they want to find relief through other, holistic methods. This where chiropractic care for sciatic pain is so beneficial.

Symptoms of sciatic nerve irritation

The symptoms of sciatic nerve irritation are fairly straight forward:

  • Pain in only one side of the buttock or leg
  • Pain is worse when sitting
  • Burning or tingling sensation down the leg
  • Weakness or numbness of one leg or foot
  • Difficulty of standing up or walking due to sharp pain

These symptoms may come and go over time, or be present all of the time. Each case of sciatic nerve pain will present differently, but for most people, nerve pain develops over a period of time, so sciatica is typically not an issue for patients until after the age of 50.

Chiropractic care for sciatic pain depends on patient

When patients seek chiropractic care for sciatic pain, the doctor will first do a thorough exam to find the source of the pain, and also to determine the general health of the patient. If the chiropractor determines that the pain is indeed related to sciatic nerve compression or irritation, typical course of treatment involves spinal decompression, and manual spinal manipulation.

Lowdown on spinal decompression

At ChiroCarolina®, the spinal decompression unit utilizes non-surgical, comfortable traction therapy for the relief of sciatic pain, as well as arm and neck pain. Using a traction bed that cycles through distraction and relaxation phases, as well as with proper positioning of the bed, it is possible to isolate a spinal disc and place it under negative pressure. This causes a vacuum effect that unloads the spinal disc, offering medication-free relief the pain of an inflamed or compressed sciatic nerve.

Spinal manipulation

Spinal manipulation is what your chiropractor has the most training to perform.  Also known as adjustment, spinal manipulation allows the your chiropractors at ChiroCarolina® to treat the joints and muscles in the back or neck that are not functioning in their usual manner. First, the doctor will isolate the joint or joints in question, and then apply a gentle, low amplitude thrust to the joint, resulting in relief of sciatic nerve pain for most patients.

If you are thinking about chiropractic care for sciatic pain, call the professionals at ChiroCarolina® today and ask how a chiropractor can help relieve your irritated or compressed sciatic nerve.