Sciatica Treatment Orange County, CA
“Sciatica” is a painful medical condition in which the
sciatic (sigh-attick) nerve is irritated and causes burning, shooting or electrical pain to radiate down the back of the leg.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It branches off from the spinal cord at multiple levels and forms into one large nerve. The roots that combine to make up the sciatic nerve vary by the individual and can encompass from L2 all the way down to S2, but for most people it is made up of nerve root fibers from L4, L5 and S1.
Causes of Sciatica
There are different causes of sciatica, but the main feature of all is some type of irritation from either physical pressure or stretch or chemical irritation. Some of the more common causes are:
- Misalignment of lumbar or pelvic bones (subluxation)
- Strain of the lower back and leg causing stretching of the nerve
- Degenerative disc disease causing narrowing of the space for the nerve resulting in pressure
- Herniated intervertebral disc causing indirect or direct pressure on the nerve
- Chemically induced sciatica from a crack or tear in a disc leaking acids onto the nerve
- Piriformis syndrome in which the sciatic nerve passes through the piriformis muscle and spasm squeezes the nerve
Obviously, the cause of sciatica determines what type of treatment is best. In general, the first order of business in relieving sciatic nerve pain is to remove any impingement, pressure or mechanical obstruction of the nerve. Research indicates chiropractic spinal adjustments and specific stretches are often successful at relieving pressure from a bulging or herniated disc. Stubborn discs that do not want to release pressure on the sciatic nerve may require traction to achieve decompression.
Once pressure is released, the nerve will often still be irritated and send painful messages to your brain. This is because the nerve even after pressure is taken away has memory and the nerve fibers are injured. Therefore, the next order of business is to relieve the sciatic nerve inflammation. This can be done in many ways; the newest method is cold laser therapy and can be combined with an older, but still quite effective therapy known as interferential current (IFC). These sciatic pain relief treatments focus on telling the nerve to discontinue sending painful messages to the brain as the nerve heals. Alternating hot compresses and ice packs are also beneficial and are an easy and effective home therapy for sciatica. Another method of home sciatic pain relief is lying on your back with your legs over a chair so that your hips and knees are at 90 degree angles.
Sciatica is a very painful and debilitating medical problem. Luckily, most cases of sciatica can be treated without shots or surgery. In office chiropractic and therapy modalities can often relieve sciatic nerve pain quickly and without side effects. Home based sciatica treatments are also important to employ to relieve pain quickly and get you back on your feet.
Sciatica Treatment Orange County CA
Dr Barry Marks Chiropractor
1745 W. Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868