Why is Chiropractic an Effective Sciatica Treatment?
You know that familiar shooting pain as soon as you feel it: Your sciatica has returned!
Up to 40% of people will suffer from sciatica at some point in their lives. They may not realize, however, that sciatica isn’t a condition itself – it’s a symptom of a deeper injury in the lower back.
Fortunately, chiropractic care offers a drug-free sciatica treatment that targets your pain at its source for long-term relief.
What Causes Sciatica?
Your sciatic nerves run from your buttocks down through your thighs. When something pinches or irritates your sciatic nerve, you experience an electric-like shooting pain down your leg known as sciatica.
Sciatic pain typically begins with damage in your lower back. Herniated, bulging, or damaged discs in your low back slip slightly out of place and irritate or pinch your sciatic nerve.
So, what causes herniated or bulging discs? Many things! Your spine is very delicate. Years of poor posture or bad lifting techniques can throw off your spine’s natural balance and weight distribution.
As you age, your soft tissues and cartilage lose collagen and elasticity which reduces the flexibility in your vertebrae and puts you at a higher risk for injury.
Sudden injuries at work or in accidents can also cause discs to rupture but this situation is less likely than the one mentioned above.
Targeted Sciatica Treatment in Medford and Marlton
Dr. O’Keefe and Dr. Osenenko have years of experience providing high quality chiropractic care to patients in Medford and Marlton. On your first visit, your doctor will conduct a comprehensive neurological and physical assessment to understand the full scope of your possible lower back injury.
From there, you and your doctor will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan focusing on healing the damaged discs in your back. Healing the vertebrae in your lower back will relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve and improve your symptoms.
Depending on your specific condition, your doctor may recommend chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release therapy, spinal decompression, and home exercises to strengthen your lower back muscles and prevent future injury.
Don’t learn to live with sciatic pain! Schedule an appointment at O’Keefe Chiropractic Center today by calling 609-654-4299!