Sciatica— a common cause of pain in pelvis and its treatment by using chiropractic therapy
The overall human mobility depends on the hip or pelvic region. But when you get inflammation or pain in these areas, the thing could get painful. Whenever someone gets a pain in the hip, it is usually associated with the Sciatica. So what is sciatica and what triggers this pain and how we can use chiropractic therapy to treat this. All these questions have been answered in this article so to further enlighten yourself keep on reading.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is the pain that originated in the pelvic region, and that travels towards the legs. The severity, intensity, and frequency of the pain vary in patients. In some patients, it could be sharp and itchy, while in others, it might be dull. Some patients complain that the pain is occasional while others experienced it all the time.
No matter is the frequency and intensity of your pain is if you are experiencing pain in the hip area that extends down towards your legs, it might be sciatica. The compression of the sciatic nerve causes sciatica. Sciatic nerve originated from the lower back from L4 and S3 vertebras and extended down to our toes. The main feature of this nerve is to carry messages to the legs. Due to any reason including pregnancy, childbirth, bulging disk, or spinal tumor, the nerve gets compressed, resulting in severe pain.
One of the most common causes of sciatica is piriformis syndrome. Piriformis is the muscle located in the lower spine region and help in hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs down towards the legs beneath the piriformis muscle. If someone got an injury, spasm, or cramp in the piriformis muscle, it could ignite the inflammation and thus sciatica.
A chiropractor analyzes the situation in hand before making any conclusions regarding sciatica. He or she may ask the patient for the medical history along with a neurological and physical examination. The diagnosis of hip pain or sciatica also includes the X-rays scan, MRI, and CT scans.
Chiropractic therapy focuses on the self-healing characteristics of the human body. The practitioners of chiropractic adjustments believe that the restricted movement of the spine leads to pain and, thus, reduction of functionality. Although all kinds of chiropractic treatments are drug-free and non-invasive, what treatment is required depends on the condition. Some common chiropractic treatments to cure sciatica or hip pain are as follows.
- Ice/cold therapy
- TENS unit
- Spinal manipulation
It offers a reduction in the inflammation and reduces the pain as well.
The sound waves in the ultrasound penetrates inside the muscles and offer mild heat to increase the blood circulation. With the increased circulation, the cramps, spasm, stiffness, and swelling also heal.
TENS or Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a muscle stimulating apparatus operated by battery. A chiropractor uses the variable intensities of electric current in the controlled environment to relieve muscle spasm, cramps, and pain.
Spinal manipulation is the core of chiropractic therapy. With the spinal adjustment, your spine realigns and restored the position of the vertebra. It also ease the irritability of the nerve to reduce the inflammation. The chiropractors learn the art of Subluxation or spinal manipulation to not only realign the misaligned vertebras but also reduces inflammations, spasms, and cramping in the muscles.
The chiropractic movements and adjustment may vary from a gentle and mild pressure to the swift but high velocity push. Which movement and how much pressure would be sufficient to reduce the pain and cure the problem requires practice, and only with the practice the chiropractor masters the art of hand manipulations or adjustments.
Chiropractic therapy or treatment involves the muscles, nerves, and spine handling to cure the problem. But often, the sciatica pain is caused by some other factor beyond the chiropractic treatment scope. If the patients cannot be cure without any surgical or medical treatment, he is referred to a medical specialist.
Having hip pain or sciatica pain is common these days due to hectic routines and imbalanced lifestyles. If you are looking for a chiropractor, then contact Roach family wellness for authentic and reliable chiropractic treatment.