Our Chiropractor in Houston receives several common questions about pain management for nerve pain that is associated with Sciatica. Here are a few of the questions he receives most, and the answers.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is caused by an irritation or injury to the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back into the left hip and leg and down to the toes. Injuries and irritation to the Sciatic nerve can cause burning, numbness and hot and cold sensations along part or all of the nerve path. Most individuals feel pain in their left leg, but the pain can occur in the left or right leg, lower back and buttocks.
What are the causes of Sciatica?
Sciatica is not caused by a single ailment, condition or injury. Instead, it can be caused by several different medical problems, including herniated disks, spinal stenosis, and accidents and injuries to the back that pinch or compress the Sciatic nerve.
What should I do if I think I have Sciatica?
If you have Sciatica and live in the city, you should see our Chiropractor in Houston. Sciatica needs to be diagnosed by a Chiropractor via a physical examination, a neurological examination and medical history. The extent of the Sciatica and the source of the pain can be determined through medical imaging, include MRIs and CT scans.
How can Chiropractic adjustments reduce my nerve pain?
Our Chiropractor in Houston performs Chiropractic adjustments to treat and alleviate Sciatic nerve pain. These adjustments are designed to push the spine back into its correct alignment, which reduces pain, numbness and discomfort by taking the pressure off the Sciatic nerve.
In addition to Chiropractic adjustments, we may also recommend ice therapy, ultrasounds, and Home Mirror Image Exercises for pain management.
Can Chiropractic care alleviate my nerve pain?
Yes. Chiropractic care from our Chiropractor in Houston can provide pain management and alleviate your nerve pain without the need for surgery or prescription pain killers. Depending on the cause of your Sciatic nerve pain, Chiropractic care can help relieve the pain and alleviate pain from the injury by removing the pressure from the nerve. This is especially effective if the pain is caused by a skeletal or muscular misalignment.
How long will I need treatment for my nerve pain?
The first step to our treatment program is pain relief, and it can last anywhere from one to three months. Once pain management is achieved, we work on alleviating the cause of the nerve pain. This requires several visits a month to ensure that the spine is aligned and stays in its proper position. Manually adjusting the spine on a regular basis retrains the spine to stay in correct alignment, and prompts pain alleviation of the injury. The final phase is for maintenance to ensure that the spine and injury remain at a healthy state.