Sciatica is a common condition that affects many adults, and can be mild to severe. Mild cases typically resolve independently, while more severe symptoms require treatment from a chiropractor or medical professional to help with chronic pain and muscle weakness. Common medical treatments for sciatica include lifestyle changes, pain medications, physical therapy, and chiropractic adjustments.
The Makefield Chiropractic and Wellness Center chiropractors in Newtown, PA, provide non-invasive, drug-free options for patients suffering from sciatic nerve pain.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes compressed or pinched. It travels down the lower back, past the hips, and into each leg. Sciatica is expected on one side of the body. However, some people experience it on both sides.
Pain from sciatica can be mild to severe and is caused by several factors, including a herniated disc, narrowing of the spine, or a bone spur. People experiencing mild sciatica nerve pain find that the pain goes away after a few days of rest. However, others may need to seek medical treatment or see a chiropractor for chiropractic adjustments to help treat sciatica.
If sciatic nerve pain does not resolve on its own, it is vital to seek treatment, because untreated symptoms can lead to permanent damage to the nerve.
Can Chiropractic Adjustments Help with Sciatica?
Our chiropractor can help treat sciatica through spinal manipulation, chiropractic adjustments, and other manual therapies to help relieve musculoskeletal conditions and pain. For example, a chiropractic adjustment can help realign the spine, reducing the stress placed on the sciatic nerve and resulting in pain.
Chiropractic care provides patients with specialized treatment plans designed to help treat the root cause of their sciatic nerve pain. Before starting treatment, our chiropractor may order imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, to get a closer look at what is happening inside the body.
What Are Natural Ways to Treat Sciatica?
It is possible to treat mild sciatic nerve pain without medical treatment. However, if the pain does not diminish with at-home treatment, it is best to see a medical professional or our chiropractor for treatment. Some natural ways to help treat sciatica include taking breaks during the workday, building back strength, and regularly stretching the hip and hamstring muscles. Additionally, using hot and cold packs alternatively can help reduce pain. Finally, some patients have found yoga helps improve strength, flexibility, and posture, which often helps reduce sciatica symptoms.
See Our Newtown, PA, Chiropractor for Sciatica
If you suffer from sciatic nerve pain, schedule an appointment with our chiropractor for treatment. The chiropractors at Makefield Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Newtown, PA, can help diagnose sciatica and start you on a pain management treatment plan. Call our office today at (215) 860-9660 to schedule an appointment.