Sciatica- Chiropractic Treatment

Sciatica is a condition involving pain radiating from the lower back down through the buttock to one or both legs. Sciatica is caused by pressure upon the nerves of the lower back and can also be due to a slipped or herniated disc. The pain a patient experiences depends on the frequency, duration and severity of the injury. The condition causes nerves to swell and negatively effects patients by producing pain in the lower body.

Some common signs and symptoms involved with sciatica include:

  1. Numbness in your legs
  2. Sharp shooting pain along the sciatica nerve
  3. Unilateral pain through your lower body
  4. Pain standing or sitting on hard surfaces
  5. Difficulty breathing, panic attacks and anxiety
  6. Dull aches in the posterior, buttock and calf

As well as signs and symptoms there are also risk factors involved with sciatica including, diabetes, between the ages of 30-50, genetics, sedentary lifestyle, menopause and activities involving repetitive lifting or frequent twisting actions for example, golf.

Treatment for sciatica can be in the form of self-care including, rest but not prolonged rest, ice packs/heat packs, Theracumin, resting the back and maintaining a proper posture and gentle exercises to strengthen and support the lower back.

Chiropractic treatment is also a very common treatment for sciatica as it may reduce the pain and discomfort and enhance everyday activities.  Chiropractic care treats sciatica through manual adjustments, to help re-align the spine and ease off the pressure placed upon the nerves involved. After the pressure is relieved the body initially starts to heal itself and a management is tailored by the chiropractor to speed up your recovery in the fastest time possible. Spinal manipulation for sciatica firstly produces an anti-inflammatory response to alleviate the pain and then restores normal range of motion to help patients continue daily activities without feeling a constant achy pain through their lower back and legs.

At Lakeside Chiropractic, our chiropractors have treated many conditions like sciatica in our clinic and offer multiple therapies to speed up the recovery. We offer manual adjustment, as well as other manual therapies involving soft tissue work, massage, flexion/distraction, drops, dry needling and interferential therapy. These therapies are used in combination throughout the chiropractic session to get you well as soon as possible. Our chiropractors also offer kinesio tapping and prescribe exercises which may assist in treating sciatica.

Lakeside Chiropractic offers multiple therapy options to cater for your condition. We’re located on 3/45 Central Walk Joondalup and are only a 5 minute walk from Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre. We have visitors from mostly northern Perth suburbs including: Banksia Grove, Currambine, Ellenbrook, Kingsley, Iluka and Yokine. With Hicaps facilities on site for all major health providers and apart of the BUPA member’s first network and medibank preferred practitioner. If you would like to speak with our trained staff about scheduling an appointment or after some more information in regards to sciatica you can contact us on 93000095 or visit our website at www.lakesidechiro.com.au.

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