To understand how Sciatica Treatment Toronto can help, it is good to know what are the symptoms and the causes. Sciatica is a term that is used to refer to a condition that is characterized by a pain that emits along the sciatic nerve.
The Sciatic nerve is a nerve found in the lower back of the body. It is the largest and longest nerve in the entire body and is very thick and extends from the lower back to the back of both legs.
In many cases sciatica pain gets well after few weeks and does not end up as permanent damage. If you have sciatica and it does not get better within a few weeks, you may need to treat sciatica with chiropractic care. If the pain is severe or your muscles are weak you need medical attention immediately.
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What are Sciatica Symptoms?
Here are some of the most common symptoms of sciatica. One that is very common is feeling pain in the leg or in the buttock, that becomes worse when setting. The pain may begin in your back or your buttocks and then move down to your leg and even to your foot. Another symptom is general weakness and numbness of the legs, and it becomes even difficult to move your legs. You may experience a constant pain especially on one side of your buttock, or it becomes hard for you to stand up due to serve pain. Standing or sitting for a long can make the symptoms worse.
What are the Causes of Sciatica?
There are many causes of sciatica, though the most common is a slipped or ruptured disc in the spine. In this process the disc presses against nerve roots that go to sciatic nerve. This breakdown of disc results in severe back pain. Sciatica can also be caused by narrowing of spinal canal, bony growths along the joints or compression of nerve roots caused by injury. Others things that can make your back pain even worse include: sleeping on a too soft mattress, not having regular exercise, wearing high heels for a long time, pregnancy or being overweight.
What is the Best Sciatica Treatment?
For Sciatica Treatment Toronto, it is good to start immediately when you notice the symptoms to ensure that the problem does not become worse after some time. Your local chiropractor can make an assessment for the best way forward.
Through bed rest can provide temporary pain relief, prolonged bed rest is not recommended. Exercises such as walking, gentle stretching and avoiding sitting or standing for a long duration are some of the best exercises for sciatica treatment. Additional sciatica treatment may depend on the cause of nerve irritation. If the symptoms do not improve through painkillers and exercises, natural pain relief can be found with a chiropractor.
Chiropractic Care For Sciatica
Sciatica can be treated with chiropractic because sciatica, like most nerve pain, has its origins in the spine.
One of the goals of chiropractic is to align the spine. When the spine is aligned, the sciatic nerve is free from compression and inflammation as are the other nerves around it. This relieves the pain and allows the nerve to function the way it’s supposed to. In many cases, the patient gets relief from his or her pain after only one adjustment.
However, since a lot of people don’t visit a chiropractor till the pain of the sciatica becomes almost intolerable it will probably take a few adjustments till the problem is cleared up for good. The muscles that support the spinal column will need to relearn their task, especially if the patient has had sciatica for a long time.
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Because sciatica can have a variety of causes, chiropractors might use a variety of treatments to ease it. Besides adjustments to the spine, a chiropractor might:
• Use Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
A TENS machine is used to stimulate the back muscles via an electrical current. Patients who feel pain relief from TENS do so because the electrical current blocks pain signals or causes the body to produce its own endorphins, which are natural painkillers.
• Recommend Exercises
The chiropractor may recommend exercises for a patient with sciatica.
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Dr Kris offers in person x-rays if required to locate the source of the problem. During an in-debth consultation, he will take the patient’s medical history and ask questions about the sciatica. When the appointment for the alignment is made, the doctor will also let the patient know how to prepare for the upcoming alignment, what he or she can expect during a session and what he or she will need to do after the session.
Chiropractic has been shown to be a safe, natural and effective way to treat sciatica and its attendant pain.
In Toronto, Ontario, Dr. Kris Dorken from Core Wellness Centre has a successful history for sciatica treatment Toronto.
Call us office today on (416) 479 – 8311 to speak with Dr. Kris on how chiropractic can help you.