Sciatica refers to the pain an individual feels from problems with their sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and into each leg. The most common complaint associated with sciatica is lower back pain, and the most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. A herniated disc can occur from an injury or repetitive trauma (like sitting at a computer desk for several hours each day), and it creates pressure on the spinal cord and nerves near the disc, often leading to additional health problems and discomfort. Sciatic pain can be radiating or sharp, dull or severe. It is typically worsened when sitting, and it can also bring about hip pain, burning or tingling, and weakness in the lower extremities.
For many people, sciatica is typically treated with over-the-counter pain medications and hot or cold compresses. If the pain doesn’t go away, steroid shots may be given or surgery may be prescribed. For most, the pain generally subsides within a few weeks, but that doesn’t mean the problem has been resolved.
Sciatica Care with a Charlotte Chiropractor
Most people understand that medications don’t fix underlying problems—they simply cover them up. Local Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor doesn’t believe in that type of medical model because he knows it doesn’t lead to optimal health. Dr. Grant strives to get to the root problem behind any pain, discomfort, or health problems that his practice members are dealing with, and he then tailors a care plan to each individual to help correct problems from their origin.
If you’re experiencing sciatica pain, it’s almost a guarantee that you have a spinal misalignment in your lower back. Dr. Grant can gently adjust your spine to ensure that each vertebra is in the correct place, reducing pain and improving overall health.
Sciatica among Several Resolved Ailments for Those Receiving Chiropractic Care
Countless case studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of chiropractic, and sciatica is one of the most commonly looked at ailments by chiropractors across the globe. Since the most common root cause of sciatica is known to be a spinal issue, it only makes sense that chiropractors are the first line of defense when sciatic pain erupts.
Two prominent case studies looked at two individuals with multiple health complaints. A male whose primary concern was hypertension also complained of sciatica and wrist pain, and a female was dealing with intense fibromyalgia, along with migraines, chronic neck and back pain, finger numbness, knee pain, depression, and sciatica. The female saw 98% resolution of her sciatica within 6 months of beginning chiropractic care, and the male saw 100% resolution of his sciatica within just 2 months of care!
These instances are just two of the many times when individuals have experienced dramatic improvement of sciatica pain, including improved mobility, better sleep, and avoidance of surgery. In both of the case studies above, sciatica wasn’t even the primary complaint—both individuals saw a huge improvement in their other ailments, including their primary ones, in addition to experiencing a resolution of minor complaints.
If you are experiencing sciatica pain, no matter how dull or severe it may be, schedule an appointment with Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team at Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Grant will get to the root of the problem and help you live a more comfortable and healthy life.
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