There are two forms of pain relief that most chiropractors offer, to help relieve back and sciatica pain. In this article, I will talk about the two options that chiropractors provide for pain relief.
I’ll begin with spinal adjustments, which I call “Lateral Spinal Adjustments”. This adjustment is best for pain that has a local cause, such as lumbar strains.
Spinal injections are more difficult to perform. Injections are a procedure where a muscle is injected with a medication to relax the back or spinal muscles. This method is best when the reason for the pain is not a local cause.
The most common causes of lower back pain are slipped lumbar spine discs, spondylosis, cervical disc herniation, and spinal stenosis. The treatment used should be one that will not only target the muscles but will also make sure that the spine is still in good condition.
Back, hip and lower leg pain are the three main types of pain that sciatic nerve pain can be caused by. For example, sciatica is commonly referred to as sciatica pain in the lower back, or sciatica pain on the left side of the low back. Muscle pain in these areas can be caused by muscle spasms that have extended their symptoms to the lumbar spinal column.
The easiest way to pin down the problem is to find it when it first starts, as the muscle spasms can start to spread through the spinal cord to the lumbar spine of the lower back. When you start to feel the pain, consult your chiropractor. Your chiropractor can usually determine if the pain is due to pain originating from the lower back, or sciatica, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, or herniated spinal discs.
Sciatica is often confused with backache, as the two are often the same. In fact, many chiropractors treat both lower back and sciatica pain. This makes sense because chiropractors usually work the spine to relieve pain.
Sciatica, at least in some cases, can be caused by back, or cervical spinal degeneration. These degenerations are caused by trauma, such as spinal stenosis and lumbar degeneration, and sometimes by tumors. Sometimes the spinal degeneration is undetectable and cannot be detected with a routine MRI. Many spinal patients may never know that they have degenerated spinal discs.
A chiropractor can use spinal manipulation to treat low back and sciatica pain, because there is usually a cause for pain that can be found. Low back pain can be caused by obesity, poor posture, osteoporosis, or arthritis.
However, in some cases, spinal manipulation may be necessary to prevent lumbar spine discs from further degenerating and from herniating into the spinal canal. Chiropractors that specialize in lumbar spine manipulation are trained to perform the manipulation, so they can help determine the cause of the pain and refer you to someone who can perform the manipulation for you.
My last article on how chiropractor treats sciatica nerve pain covered injection therapy, which is also called “postural napping”. Postural napping is a postural adjustment in which the chiropractor uses either a slow induction of traction or a fast induction of traction on the patient’s back. The final advantage is that the adjustment also helps improve your body’s response to resistance training and improved strength building. In other words, you are getting the benefits of two exercises in one. That’s a big deal.