If you have ever had sciatic pain, you know it is nothing to laugh at. The sciatic nerve runs from the spine through the buttocks and down the leg on both sides of the body. Sciatica is a disorder that causes pain in the buttocks or legs that becomes worse with squatting, standing, or sitting. What are some other symptoms?
- A burning or tingling ‘pins and needles’ feeling in the leg
- Difficulty in moving the foot or leg
- Affects both sides of the body
What Medical Treatments Exist?
Usually, your doctor will begin treating sciatica with an anti-inflammatory, such as NSAID’s (i.e., Advil), which will help with swelling and may bring down the pain level. Epidural steroid or muscle relaxers can be used for swelling relief and anesthetic. Sometimes surgery is suggested to fix a damaged disc or remove a tumor. However, it seems that many patients are quite concerned about the risks of using these potent drugs or having surgery.
What Causes Sciatica?
- Muscle trauma or injury
- Disc problems in the back
- Obesity (extra weight causes pressure on lower back)
Do I Have A Natural Option?
If you do not want to use drugs or surgery, there is another option that may be right for you. Upper cervical chiropractic care may relieve your back pain and sciatica by putting things in proper alignment. What is the ultimate goal of this type of care? To correct any misalignments in the spine that are causing postural problems. “But,” you may say, “My pain is in the lower part of my back. How will correcting the upper part help me?”
When you have a misalignment in the upper spinal column, it causes a shift that requires your whole back to compensate. Once your body is no longer over correcting for the misalignment in the top of the spine, it starts to perform properly. This relieves stress and allows healing to begin.
To seek this natural treatment, call Dr. Dennis Young of Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Young is an upper cervical chiropractor. Schedule your consultation with him as soon as possible to get natural relief from your pain.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.