If you or somebody you know is suffering with the low back dis-ease “sciatica?” then you know how distressing and even debilitating that issue can be. Apart from the pain and discomfort that’s felt in the low back, which is bad enough on its own, you’re also experiencing some type of symptoms in 1 or both of your lower extremities (any region between the buttocks down to the toes). These symptoms go from pins and needles, insensibility to varied sensations of agony all experienced in the butt cheeks, back of the thighs, calf area, ankle, sole of the foot or the toes.
You’re likely wondering what can cause the discomfort and what to do about it. The exact cause may vary but in brief sciatica comes from some type of nerve damage. It may be a direct compression of the nerve (trapped nerve) but very often it is not compressed, instead it is stretched, twisted or sheared by an abnormality of the spine.
Most people will hunt down help from their GP and are usually given analgesic treatments and if this doesn’t work wait for a physiotherapy referral. But when you suffer with sciatica your best decision is probably to head straight out for your local chiropractor as an alternative. Unlike a GP who must “generalise” in a selection of illness processes a doctor of chiropractic specializes in sicknesses of the spine and is thus rather more likely to help you find the fastest way to resolve your sciatica.
There’s a growing body of evidence that chiropractic therapists are very effective at resolving both acute and persistent sciatica with some studies pointing to 80-90% success rates. As well as this there are no side-effects with chiropractic care like there are with drug therapy, steroid injections or surgical interventions. For example up to date data has demonstrated that epidural injections regularly given to deal with the pain of sciatica may increase your chances of spinal fracture throughout your life.
If you are suffering with sciatica then seek out help as soon as you can, because the earlier you deal with the problem the easier it will be to cure.
Peter Olsson qualified as a doctor of chiropractic in 2005 and has gone on to specialise in the resolution of sciatica. He helps with dozens of folk suffering with sciatica every week. You can find many great articles about sciatica on his site.