Sciatica is medically defined as a set of symptoms, including radiating pain that can affect the back, hip, and outer side of the leg when the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back, becomes compressed due to injury or an underlying condition. Although the symptoms of sciatica can range from mild irritation to severe, disabling pain, the group of symptoms may flare up constantly for many individuals.
More than Temporary Pain
For some individuals suffering with chronic lower back pain, or sciatica, their debilitating pain may often continue for many months or even years after their first symptoms, leaving them feeling frustrated and desperate to find relief. It may seem like you’ve already tried all possible options to find permanent relief of your pain and discomfort caused by sciatica or other underlying low back conditions but, many individuals can achieve a pain-free lifestyle by following a few simple guidelines.
Foremost, seeking immediate medical treatment after experiencing chronic sciatica symptoms should be every individual’s first course of action. Because sciatica is described as a group of symptoms rather than a single condition, it’s important for a medical professional to diagnose the individual’s source of pain and discomfort. Direct trauma from an injury that may have caused a spine subluxation or misalignment, or a herniated disc caused by degeneration over time, are common causes for sciatica, however, muscle imbalances can generally be a primary source for spinal complications. A chiropractor focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries or conditions, among a variety of other neuromuscular disorders, through the use of chiropractic adjustments and manual manipulations of the spine.
The Risk of Chronic Back Pain
If you’ve had persistent sciatica symptoms, a chiropractor can help find the source of your pain and symptoms as well as develop an appropriate form of treatment to best accommodate each individual’s needs. Likewise, chiropractors not only focus on treating the direct injury or condition, chiropractors are also interested in improving an individual’s overall health, fitness, and wellness. Many chiropractors ensure their patients thoroughly understand the cause of their pain as well as recommend stretches, exercises, and nutritional advice along side their treatment to promote a faster, more efficient rehabilitation process.
It’s also important to mention that treating sciatica, as with many other types of injuries and conditions, requires time and patience to properly heal. It might be difficult for you to remain willing to endure the symptoms anymore but chances are, your sciatica occurred gradually overtime and treating it may also demand progressive and constant treatment. It’s crucial to invest the right amount of time into getting the proper attention you need for your sciatica and follow your chiropractor’s careful instructions by attending each appointment and following their suggested guidelines to heal sciatica symptoms and obtain an overall, healthy, well-being.
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For some individuals suffering with chronic lower back pain, or sciatica, their debilitating pain may often continue for many months or even years after their first symptoms, leaving them feeling frustrated and desperate to find relief. Many individuals can achieve a pain-free lifestyle by following a few simple guidelines. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
By Dr. Alex Jimenez
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