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My sciatica is playing up…will chiropractic care make it better?

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Research has shown that chiropractic treatment is certainly effective for sciatica.

In the last few months, we’ve had lots of patients coming into our Algarve clinic complaining of sciatica pain, either due to too much golf, too much gardening at their villas, or other strenuous activities…and we do tend to do a bit more when the Algarve weather is so lovely!

When sciatica flares up, it is helpful to know what can be done to alleviate the pain and stay active.

What Causes Sciatica and Leg Pain

The term ‘sciatica’ is used to describe pain that radiates down the sciatic nerve, which starts from each side of the lower back, extends down the back of the thigh and into the foot. It’s caused by compression of nerve roots in the lower part of the spine, which merge together to form the sciatic nerve in the pelvis.

The pain from sciatica can be severe, and it can also be very sharp. It may be associated with numbness, burning or tingling sensations.Sciatica and leg pain

Chiropractic Care For Sciatica

As you may know, chiropractors use their hands to gently adjust the part of the spine that is misaligned and causing the pain. Once the skeletal joints are moving freely, you will experience less joint irritation and less inflammation.

Ice Pack At Home

For sciatica pain, you can use an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel) and place it over the lower back, as that is where the sciatic nerve is usually pinched. Keep it in place for 15 to 20 minutes and repeat each hour for three or four hours.

Remember though that there are other causes of pain in the leg that may not actually be ‘sciatica’. Therefore, get ANY pain checked out by Dr Wen at Lagos Health Chiropractic. Call the clinic on +351 282 768 044 to make an appointment.

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Is My Leg Pain Sciatica And What Can Be Done To Relieve It?

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Sciatica is a term for symptoms of pain along the large sciatic nerve that runs from your lower spine and down the back of each leg. It is actually quite common and occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed by some type of problem in your lower back.

Can chiropractic care help? In a word, yes!

Many people refer to any type of leg pain as sciatica, but in fact there are many conditions that are not medically classified as such and need to be treated differently. These problems, despite causing similar symptoms, include:

Is sciatica causing my leg pain?Joint problems in the spine, such as arthritis, which can refer pain from the joints into the leg. This pain is not technically sciatica and the treatment for it is different.

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a relatively common cause of lower back, hip, and/or leg pain. Too much or too little motion in the sacroiliac joints can cause pain that radiates down your leg and feels like sciatica.Piriformis syndrome also causes similar symptoms. It occurs when the piriformis muscle in the buttocks irritates the sciatic nerve, causing pain to radiate along the path of the nerve into your leg.

Effective treatment for these problems can be quite different, depending on the underlying cause of your symptoms. So the important thing is…get a diagnosis!

Lagos Health Chiropractic can help and advise on all aspects of pain, whether sciatic nerve-related or not. If you’re in Portugal and you’d like to arrange a consultation, contact us on +351 282 768 044.

By the way, have you ever experienced any of the conditions mentioned here? If so, we’d like to hear about what you did to relieve the pain…did you go to a chiropractor, an osteopath or a physio…or did you just take some painkilling tablets or rub in a cream? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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