Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment from Your Chiropractor in Hiram, GA

As many as four of every ten adults develop sciatic pain during their lifetimes.  Although sciatica is very common, there are many misconceptions about it.  Patients with this condition who visit our Cornerstone Chiropractic practice in Hiram, GA can achieve relief with natural therapies offered by our chiropractor, and potentially avoid medication or surgery.

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Sciatica Overview

Sciatica is a symptom of an underlying disorder.  Its cause is compression of the sciatic nerve.  This nerve originates in the lower spine.  It travels through each buttock and down the back of the leg to the foot.

Patients experience compression from a number of factors, such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Misaligned vertebrae
  • Sitting in an abnormal position over an extended time

Most sufferers experience sciatic discomfort on only one side of the body.  Pain can occur anywhere on the nerve's path.  Patients report significant variations in both symptom frequency and severity.  While some mention terrible pain, others experience sensations described as pins and needles or electrical shocks.  Some develop limb or muscle paralysis, a loss of feeling, or difficulty sleeping.  Symptoms might be intermittent, occasional, frequent, or constant.

Treatment Options

A sciatica diagnosis occurs after our doctor completes a comprehensive physical exam that includes assessing the patient’s health history.  In some cases, imaging from X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs is helpful.

Sciatica patients experience a number of benefits from a chiropractor’s care, which encourages the body to heal itself using non-invasive treatment:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • Greater range of motion
  • Less pain and other discomfort
  • Increased flexibility
  • Higher level of activity

Adjustments, also known as spinal manipulations, are the primary therapy for sciatica.  They return misaligned spinal components to their respective natural and correct positions.  Adjustments help reduce the nerve irritability that is the cause of muscle spasms, pain, inflammation, and other symptoms.

Advanced Treatment Option: Spinal Decompression Therapy

If chiropractic adjustments are not accomplishing the best results, Cornerstone Chiropractic offers the state-of-the-art spinal decompression therapy. This is a computer guided therapy that will gently manipulate the spine and surrounding areas to relieve pressure and pain.  Spinal Decompression Therapy is highly effective and can help patients to potentially avoid surgery. 

Our doctor designs treatment plans that are customized for each patient and that frequently include a combination of options.  The use of ice or cold therapy is effective for reducing pain and inflammation for some patients.  Ultrasound can be helpful for swelling and complaints of discomfort.  Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is an option for muscle spasms as well as acute pain.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Hiram Chiropractor

The focus of our Cornerstone Chiropractic practice is providing corrective spinal care.  Our Hiram chiropractor offers each patient a customized treatment plan that incorporates therapies such as chiropractic care, spinal decompression, corrective exercises, cold laser therapy, massage therapy, and lifestyle advice to achieve optimal wellness.  Be sure to take a moment to call us today at 770-439-7765 to schedule an appointment and discover the difference we can make in your life.

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