Treating Sciatica Pain in Denver
When it comes to individuals suffering from Sciatica in Denver, Colorado Injury and Pain Center has been successfully treating patients for many years.
With our extensive years of experience, we are able to identify symptoms of sciatica and, in turn, offer and provide the best methods of treatment going forward in the Denver area.
So what exactly is sciatica?
Individuals who suffer from sciatica typically report leg/thigh pain, or a numbness and tingling sensation. To understand the cause for pain, you have to look at the sciatic nerve.
The biggest nerve in the entire body is the sciatic nerve, and from there it branches out into individual nerve roots. The sciatic nerve originates in the lower back and travels down through the buttock to the leg.
Therefore, even when you feel pain in your leg or buttock, the root of the cause is typically the lower spine. This can be caused by any sort of irritation of the sciatic nerve.
How Do I Know if I Have Sciatica?
Symptoms of sciatica include:
- Leg/thigh pain
- Low back pain
- Hip pain
- Pain that shoots from the back, buttock, down through the leg
- Consistent pain in one side of the leg or buttock (Typically it occurs in just one side, not both)
- Burning, tingling, or numbness down one leg
- Pain when standing or sitting, more so than when laying down
Particular motions can accentuate the pain you feel with sciatica. For instance, standing or up or even sneezing can cause a sharp pain traveling through your body.
No matter where or what the pain is, whenever you start noticing consistent discomfort you should always contact medical assistance.
Facts About Sciatica
It is important to understand that sciatica is not a diagnosis in and of itself. Rather, the term sciatica is a name given for particular symptoms that are caused by a different underlying condition.
Think of it this way, if you get a splinter in your finger, it will begin to hurt. That pain you feel in your finger is like sciatica, however, you must discover the main cause (the splinter) that is actually causing the distress.
What are the most common causes of sciatica?
Herniated discs (also known as slipped discs or pinched nerves) occurs when the soft, jelly-like substance inside your discs breaks out and leaks onto the exterior part of your spine’s discs. This causes irritation and pain to the surrounding area.
- Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
Over time with age, a disc may weaken to the point that it begins to irritate nearby roots and lead to sciatica.
Bone spurs can also occur during DDD. They are distinct, rub against the nerves, and can be extremely painful.
If you endure a small spinal fracture, thus having one vertebra slip forward onto a different one, this disc space collapse can lead to a pinched nerve and result in sciatica.
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
This term refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal. Lumbar spinal stenosis tends to be linked to aging (typically 60 or older) and spinal arthritis.
The position of the baby or the additional weight can add pressure and strain the sciatic nerve and display symptoms of sciatica.
- Muscle spasms/strain
Quick jolts or repetitive strain on your lower back can lead to inflammation and pressure to your sciatic nerve.
- Scar tissue
If scar tissue reaches the point that it is compressing onto a nerve root, it can lead to sciatica.
Chiropractic Treatment Methods
Chiropractic care is effective when it comes to treating sciatica and its symptoms for our Denver patients.
Methods that chiropractors typically use for sciatica include:
- Spinal Adjustments
Spinal manipulations are at the core of chiropractic treatment. The adjustment liberates limited activity of the spine and allows to recover out of alignment vertebral bodies to their appropriate position in the backbone.
Adjustment techniques vary from a swift high velocity thrust to those that combine little force and soothing stress. Mastery of each technique is an art that requires great skill and precision. Spinal manipulation is a therapy that differentiates chiropractic care from other medical disciplines.
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression will slowly and safely stretch your backbone creating a negative pressure between your vertebrae. This slow, steady pull of the back causes bulged discs to retract, while increasing local blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to any cells.
The results are less pain and better mobility over time with multiple decompression sessions.
- Ice/cold Therapy
This therapy decreases swelling and eases sciatic nerve sensors pain.
An ultrasound soothes cells through sound waves. It improves circulation and minimizes swelling, stiffness, and pain.
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation is a small, box-like battery powered, portable muscular stimulating machine. Variable intensities of electrical current through the wires and pads can alleviate acute pain.
Performing certain stretches and exercises can help with Sciatica by reducing swelling, increasing flexibility, and strengthening the muscle tissue that surround your backbone and give it the support it needs to protect the back again naturally.
Also, preventing obesity, which can add significant extra stress to your spine, can be achieved by exercising.
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Remember, sciatica itself is a symptom of some other condition. While treating sciatica is important, it is essential to receive professional medical care to discover what is causing sciatica.
Every person in this world is different, and since sciatica can be a multitude of conditions, choose a reliable and experienced Denver chiropractor that can give you the specific attention and care you deserve.
At Colorado Injury and Pain Center, we will give you the personalized care you need to alleviate your sciatica and return to a happy, pain-free lifestyle again.