What Is Sciatica? Can a Chiropractor Help Me with This Condition?

November 1, 2019

Do you suffer from pain that radiates from your hip all the way down your leg? You might be suffering or might have been diagnosed with sciatica, a condition that affects a large portion of the American population.

Sciatica in Naples, FL is a condition where a large of group of nerves (the sciatic nerve) is damaged or interfered with as the nerve exits from in between the vertebral bones in the lower back. If the vertebra in the lower back becomes subluxated (misaligned) it causes the discs to bulge or herniate, as well as the muscles to spasm, putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Chiropractors specifically work with musculoskeletal systems, identifying the root cause of your symptoms. Chiropractors are specially trained to gently realign the vertebrae, taking the pressure off the nerve without medications or surgery.

Sciatic pain feels like a dull, achy, occasionally-sharp pain that radiates down the leg and may cause burning, tingling or numbing sensations. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including pregnancy, childbirth, diabetes, constipation and more.

How chiropractic treatment helps sciatica

Sciatica is generally caused by nerve compression. Chiropractic treatment seeks to relieve the pressure on the nerves through a series of adjustments and other techniques. It’s designed to relieve the pressure on the nerve and get the musculature back to normal, so pain disappears. This can be done in a number of ways:

  • Ultrasounds: Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to create gentle heat that penetrates deep into the muscles. It can increase circulation, which reduces inflammation, cramps, muscle spasms and other conditions that lead to sciatic pain.
  • TENS units: TENS units are small, muscle-stimulating machines that direct electrical therapy through the muscles to get them to loosen up and stop creating pressure on various nerves.
  • Spinal manipulation adjustments: When your spine is restricted, your nerves can become impacted and register pain. A good spinal adjustment restores movement to the spine by freeing misaligned vertebral bodies and reduce nerve irritability. This is also referred to as subluxation.

Chiropractic treatment covers a variety of methods and areas. If you’re suffering from sciatic pain and nothing else has helped, you’re not alone. In his many years in practice, Dr. Richard Hiler has been able to help hundreds of sciatica sufferers. If you’re wondering whether chiropractic treatment might be right for your symptoms, call us today.

Get treatment for sciatica in Naples, FL

Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology has proudly served the Naples area with comprehensive chiropractic, physical medicine and regenerative medicine services since 2001. Our office strives for excellence, and we are consistently furthering our education and techniques to improve the care you receive when you visit us. Whether you suffer from chronic pain, are recovering from an injury or are seeking overall improved health and performance, we have the skills and experience to help you work toward your goals. Reach out to us today to learn more or schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you receive the care you need for your sciatica in Naples, FL!

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