Can Sciatica Pain Be Relieved Without Surgery?

Person bracing lower back which is in pain due to sciatica.

Do you suffer from sciatica pain?

Are you tired of not being able to do the activities you love?

Many Americans suffer from sciatica pain, and like many of us who have experienced chronic, debilitating pain, you may be putting off going to the doctor for fear that they’ll tell you that you need surgery.

Luckily, sciatica can often be relieved non-surgically. Increasing your back and core strength while increasing your flexibility and mobility in your hips can help!

What is Sciatica?

It is estimated that 40% of the general population will experience sciatica pain at some point in their lifetime. Often this can be disabling. Sciatica accounts for more work loss and increased costs than low back pain alone.

Sciatica is pain that radiates down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg. It can be caused by irritation of spinal nerves, and the pain can often be severe. People who suffer from sciatica can also experience numbness and tingling sensation as well as muscle weakness.

There are many causes of sciatica, but the most common are those that affect the relationship between spinal nerves and the spinal column itself. This may include spinal misalignments or displacements of the vertebra, disc bulges, and herniations.

Some causes of spinal misalignments and disc herniations include:

  • Car accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Slip and falls
  • Repetitive stress injuries from sitting and lifting

Sciatica treatment

Just as there is more than one way to cook an egg, there is more than one way to treat sciatica.

Most people begin with over-the-counter medications to help reduce pain. If those don’t work, other options are available, such as:

  • Massage therapy and physical therapy, which involve stretching and strengthening muscles.
  • Improve core and back strength to improve your posture and ability to respond to stress, reducing the severity of back pain.
  • More invasive options like injections or surgery.

See Your Chiropractor to Treat Sciatica in Ann Arbor

An assessment by a specific structural chiropractor to determine the cause and source of the sciatic pain is crucial in the treatment process.

If the cause of the sciatica pain is misalignments of the vertebra and/ or bulges in the spinal discs, then safe, gentle spinal corrections along with disc reducing exercises are used to correct the problem.

Come to Pivotal Chiropractic in Ann Arbor for a Chiropractor Who Puts You First!

We understand that healthcare choices are critical decisions and that you have many different options in Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. If you have back pain, neck pain, tingling or numbness in your hands and feet, or sciatica in Ann Arbor, it’s time to see a chiropractor. To schedule a complimentary consultation, where a conversation is never a commitment, contact us at 734-221-0362.

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