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Effective Treatment Options for Chronic Sciatica

Effective Treatment Options for Chronic Sciatica - El Paso Chiropractor

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Sciatica is medically defined as a set of symptoms, including radiating pain that can affect the back, hip, and outer side of the leg when the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back, becomes compressed due to injury or an underlying condition. Although the symptoms of sciatica can range from mild irritation to severe, disabling pain, the group of symptoms may flare up constantly for many individuals.

More than Temporary Pain

For some individuals suffering with chronic lower back pain, or sciatica, their debilitating pain may often continue for many months or even years after their first symptoms, leaving them feeling frustrated and desperate to find relief. It may seem like you’ve already tried all possible options to find permanent relief of your pain and discomfort caused by sciatica or other underlying low back conditions but, many individuals can achieve a pain-free lifestyle by following a few simple guidelines.

Foremost, seeking immediate medical treatment after experiencing chronic sciatica symptoms should be every individual’s first course of action. Because sciatica is described as a group of symptoms rather than a single condition, it’s important for a medical professional to diagnose the individual’s source of pain and discomfort. Direct trauma from an injury that may have caused a spine subluxation or misalignment, or a herniated disc caused by degeneration over time, are common causes for sciatica, however, muscle imbalances can generally be a primary source for spinal complications. A chiropractor focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries or conditions, among a variety of other neuromuscular disorders, through the use of chiropractic adjustments and manual manipulations of the spine.

The Risk of Chronic Back Pain

If you’ve had persistent sciatica symptoms, a chiropractor can help find the source of your pain and symptoms as well as develop an appropriate form of treatment to best accommodate each individual’s needs. Likewise, chiropractors not only focus on treating the direct injury or condition, chiropractors are also interested in improving an individual’s overall health, fitness, and wellness. Many chiropractors ensure their patients thoroughly understand the cause of their pain as well as recommend stretches, exercises, and nutritional advice along side their treatment to promote a faster, more efficient rehabilitation process.

It’s also important to mention that treating sciatica, as with many other types of injuries and conditions, requires time and patience to properly heal. It might be difficult for you to remain willing to endure the symptoms anymore but chances are, your sciatica occurred gradually overtime and treating it may also demand progressive and constant treatment. It’s crucial to invest the right amount of time into getting the proper attention you need for your sciatica and follow your chiropractor’s careful instructions by attending each appointment and following their suggested guidelines to heal sciatica symptoms and obtain an overall, healthy, well-being.

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to contact us. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*