A chiropractor will always recommend a natural non invasive treatment for sciatica. The very nature of the condition calls for it especially if it is not severe.
What is it?
Sciatica is the pain that is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve or the nerve that runs from a person’s lower back or pelvis all the way through the hip and buttocks. The sciatic nerve also happens to be the longest in the body and controls many of the muscles in the legs and lower body.
Needless to say, the pain that is associated with a pinched sciatic has the ability to cause the unfortunate victim discomfort or in some cases, debilitating pain.
However, it is important to note that sciatica is not a disorder, a fact that any chiropractor will testify to. In other words, it is a set of symptoms. This depends on the cause of the pain, which of the nerve roots has been pinched and how.
This is also why sciatica is more often a result of general wear and tear than a specific injury and is also why the condition is common in people who are between the ages of 30 to 50 years. One of the most common causes of the pain is a herniated or slipped disc in the lower back. This occurs when the cushioning disc of the vertebrae either ruptures, slips out of place or places pressure on a nerve.
Other rare conditions that might cause sciatica include –
Spondylolisthesis – This occurs when a vertebrae slips over another one and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. The condition is also caused by degenerative disc disease.
Spinal Stenosis – This is caused when the canal that holds the spinal cord and nerve roots narrows and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Trauma – A car accident or bad fall can damage the sciatic nerve. Any trauma to the nerve roots may also cause them to swell and put pressure on it.
Permanent nerve damage is also very rare in cases such as these and the condition usually goes away within six weeks without the need for invasive treatment. In fact, mild sciatica may become a passing memory if the victim listens to his/her chiropractor and takes the appropriate amount of rest. However, people who experience their condition worsening over the course of a few weeks should consult a chiropractor immediately.