Sciatica and Back Pain Relief – Special Report
If you are frustrated with sciatica and back pain and have tried treatment after treatment that hasn’t worked, we want to offer you a successful, alternative approach to managing your pain that we believe will improve your quality of life. Here at Hanson Chiropractic, we’ve worked with hundreds of patients that deal with these common problems in order to give them a life free from pain and discomfort.
There are many mistakes that can be made when treating back pain and sciatica, and we work hard to rectify those mistakes and apply alternative treatments that we know will help remove your pain. The wrong treatments may even make your pain worse and make it almost impossible for you to make a full recovery. Back pain typically comes from a herniated disc or sciatica, and requires special knowledge and experience to treat. We want to maximize your treatment results without surgery, and help you avoid the frustration that has come from previous failed treatments.
What is Sciatica and How Does it Cause Back Pain?
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that extends down the back of each leg from the lower back. When damage occurs to this nerve, the resulting pain is called sciatica. Typically, sciatica is only noticeable in one side of the lower body, and the pain often extends down through the leg and to the back of the thigh. Sciatica can also cause back pain when not treated properly, or extend to the toes or feet. The type of pain and the area it is felt is determined by where the sciatic nerve was damaged.
The level of pain from sciatica varies based on the type of injury and the individual patient. Some report only mild discomfort while others find the pain debilitating and severe. Even when the pain is only mildly irritating, it is likely to get worse if not treated quickly and appropriately.
Common signs and symptoms of sciatica include:
- Hip pain
- Tingling or burning down the legs
- Constant pain on one side of the buttocks
- Difficulty standing up because of a shooting pain
- Leg or buttock pain that worsens when sitting down
- Numbness, weakness, or difficulty when moving the feet or legs
When the root of the lumbosacral and lower lumbar spine are irritated, sciatica is often the result. Common ways this can happen are:
- Spinal canal narrowing in the lower back, known as lumbar spinal stenosis
- Vertebra slips forward over another, known as spondylolisthesis
- Discs that work to cushion between each vertebrae break down, also known as degenerative disc disease
- Muscle spasms in the buttocks or back
While these are often the causes, lifestyle factors can also worsen the back pain that comes from sciatica. Things like wearing high heels, being overweight, not exercising regularly, or sleeping on a mattress that isn’t as firm as it should be can all increase the pain that comes from sciatica. Those that are older and those who have diabetes are also more likely to develop sciatica over time. If you sit for long periods of time for your job, or have a career that requires you to carry heavy loads, drive for extended periods of time or twist your back, you may also be more prone to back pain from sciatica.
When Does Sciatica Require Treatment?
Sciatica and back pain can range in severity from totally debilitating to just mild irritation. Some patients can just ignore their pain until it goes away, while others require treatment to even be able to work and function in their daily lives. Treatment is required when you notice:
- Trouble controlling your bladder or bowels
- Pain following some type of violent injury like an auto accident
- Severe, sudden pain in your leg or lower back
- Muscle weakness or numbness in your leg
If these problems persist, or the back pain you feel affects your quality of life, we encourage you to come to Hanson Chiropractic for a full evaluation. We’ll help you determine which treatments will work best for your specific situation.
All Aspects Treated Simultaneously
In order to successfully treat sciatica and back pain successfully, all elements of the problem should be addressed from the beginning. Back pain can include four different components, including:
- Muscular – Work and hobbies can place stress on your muscles, causing them to become unbalanced. This causes them to pull unevenly on the spinal bones and will eventually cause those bones to misalign. This leads to damage to the spine. It is common to treat a problem with sciatica that started in the muscles and ended up affecting the spine.
- Neurological – Patients with sciatica likely have entrapped or inflamed nerves that exit the spine in more than one area. Nerves are often affected by muscles in spasm, misaligned joints, and any inflammation around the nerve.
- Inflammatory – When the spinal joints are misaligned or stuck or the muscles around the spine are in spasm, this often leads to inflammation in the area. Pain medications are often used to treat inflammation, but are only a temporary solution to a complex problem.
- Skeletal – Sciatica and back pain is often caused by misaligned spinal joints, or joints that are not moving properly.
In order to treat the problem successfully, all four components must be addressed in treatment. We treat all four affected areas without ignoring any essential part of your body in order to offer you longer-lasting results and freedom from pain.
More Than Medicine
While medication can be a valuable tool in the process of treat back pain and sciatica, it is not a solution to the problem. Medication alone will not offer long-lasting freedom from pain. Pain medication works by blocking the signals that travel from the legs or back to the brain, telling the brain that your body is just fine. This causes the brain to ignore any pain signals that come for a period of time, but once the medication wears off, the problem still exists.
Medications may also be used to reduce inflammation for a short period of time, but without addressing the skeletal and muscular components of back pain and sciatica, the relief is often temporary, making it more frustrating when the discomfort comes back.
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Dealing With Nerves
Successful treatment for back pain and sciatica also involves dealing with stretched, inflamed or pinched nerves in the spinal area. Any time a nerve is damaged, the problem must be addressed and treated in order to minimize the suffering of the patient. Many turn to physical therapy, massage and medications to treat damaged nerves, but these only provide temporary relief as they do not address or treat the real problem.
At Hanson Chiropractic, we provide you with a comprehensive approach to treating back pain, including dealing with damaged nerves.
Unique Approach to Treatment
In order to treat back pain and sciatica, many patients are given back stretches or exercises to due to relieve the pain and discomfort. Many times, these exercises are the same regardless of your age or situation. At Hanson Chiropractic, we know that your body is different than those of any of our other patients, and we provide a customized treatment approach to your pain.
While physical therapy often addresses one component of your pain, it doesn’t take into account the other four treatment areas that are necessary to fix the problem long term. If muscular treatment is all that is provided, it is likely that the pain will return somewhere down the road.
Balancing the Treatment of Bones
When treating back pain and sciatica, it’s important to treat the bones, but not JUST the bones when you are looking for relief. Chiropractic care and manipulation addresses the joints that aren’t moving properly that are misaligned. Along with addressing problems with the bone, we offer treatment for muscular, skeletal and neurological aspects of the injury or problem in order to ensure that it doesn’t return down the road. Successful treatment involves addressing all aspects of the problem at the same time, rather than individually.
Rushing Into Surgery
While surgery may be necessary to fix a problem with the back or spine, it is not the easy fix that many patients believe it to be. Many rush into surgery too soon in order to have pieces of bone shaved off, disc material removed, or muscles cut. These changes are permanent and can’t be undone.
It is vital that all four components of back pain are addressed before a patient turns to surgery. Surgery is likely to only treat one area of the problem, and you may end up back again for a second or third surgery if the paint returns. Here at Hanson Chiropractic, we exhaust every possible treatment option before determining if surgery will help you, because we know that it is a big decision to make such permanent changes to your body.
Relief From Back Pain and Sciatica
If you suffer from back pain or sciatica and are tired, frustrated and worn out from not feeling well, ask yourself these important questions:
- Why am I still in pain?
- Why haven’t any treatments worked long-term?
- What can be done to fix the problem?
We have a simple answer to all of these questions. An expert from Hanson Chiropractic is here to evaluate and treat every single element of your back pain. We address all four aspects of sciatica at the same time, increasing your chances for a successful recovery from an ailment that has frustrated you for a long time. If your back pain is just treated with medication, surgery or exercise, it is likely to return quickly and leave you right back where you started. We increase your chances of success by treating every element at the exact same time.
Our clinic has the trained professionals needed to treat every aspect of your back pain. We work to rid your body of pain without the permanent changes and dangers that often come with invasive, risky surgeries that have no guarantee of working. We work simultaneously from every angle to ensure that you recover from your injury or trauma as quickly as possible.
Doing Your Part
While we believe we can successfully treat all four aspects of sciatica and back pain at the same time, we encourage you to apply some home remedies that will speed your progress. Some patients believe they should simply rest for a day or two, but inactivity for long periods of time can actually make the symptoms and signs worse. Mild cases of sciatica may respond well to:
- Stretching – Stretching may relieve some root compression, although any twisting, bouncing or jerking exercises should be avoided.
- Cold Pack – A cold pack may provide some relief if it is placed on the pained area several times a day for 20 minutes each time. Wrap a bag of peas or an ice pack in a towel to avoid direct exposure to the skin.
- Hot Pack – After several days of cold, it is beneficial to apply heat to the areas in pain. Use a heating pad, heat lamp or hot pack on the lowest setting. If the pain continues, you may want to alternate cold and warm packs.
- Medications – Some over the counter medicines may help to relieve the pain temporarily if it is unbearable. Naproxen sodium or ibuprofen are both good for relieving back pain that comes from sciatica.
While adding these steps into your life may help to temporarily relieve pressure and pain, a long term solution with lasting results requires addressing all four aspects of back pain at the same time. Some simple steps may even make the sciatica go away for a time, but come back even worse after several months or even years. The best way to approach sciatica is to seek treatment for the entire problem when the symptoms are first noticeable.
At Hanson Chiropractic, we provide all the relief you need with treatments that really work to improve your life. We want to do more than relieve your pain; we want to treat the problem where it starts to ensure that it doesn’t come back. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 435-355-3739 or send us a message to get started.