Several years ago, my father suddenly began feeling pain in his lower back; it radiated to the back of his thigh and into his leg. It felt like a painful cramp, and came with tingling and numbness. When he moved, sneezed, or coughed, the pain felt much worse. He was eventually diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back, which had caused sciatica, leading to his uncomfortable symptoms.
Pain from sciatica, a chronic condition affecting the lower back, buttocks and legs, can be successfully managed with early detection and chiropractic treatment, says Atlanta chiropractor Dr. Jarred Simon.
Often, the pain associated with sciatica causes people to give up activities they love, and makes it difficult to sleep through the night or even sit comfortably in a chair during the day. Approximately 1 in 25 people will suffer from sciatica at some point in their life, and many are fast-tracked by their medical doctors into surgery that often doesn’t work. This is true even though chiropractic care has an excellent track record in treating sciatica pain and symptoms.
Chiropractic care treats the root causes of sciatica for long-term pain relief. The first step in any sciatica-related appointment is a thorough examination to diagnosis the cause of the pain, which is usually either a herniated or slipped disc. Once the root cause is identified, the chiropractor can tailor a custom treatment program to alleviate the pain.
This is where chiropractic care differs from conventional medical care, where you’ll often be given a prescription for painkillers and told to rest your body until your surgery date. Some people remain on painkillers for years, even after having surgery. Since chiropractic care works on the root cause of the pain to alleviate the symptoms, it also works to prevent the problem (and pain) from reoccurring.
“”Sciatica is an incredibly painful condition that can adversely impact an individual’s quality of life,” says Dr. Simon. “Many individuals think the only viable treatment option is pain medication. The good news is there are effective alternatives to medications. With early diagnosis and chiropractic care, it is possible to return to living a full, active life.”
Chiropractors work closely with each patient to determine the right adjustment for their pain management needs. The effects are long-lasting and directly target the root cause of the pain. Because of this, chiropractic patients are often able to resume their normal activities soon after beginning treatment.
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