A term that describes the pain that begins in the lower back and extends to the buttock, thigh and leg is called sciatica. It is caused by a compressed nerve in the lower back, and it also leads to numbness and weakness in the legs.
When the mechanical stress causes the tearing in the outer layers of the disk and it also causes the inner substances to herniated, it comes to word about the most common case of sciatica, called lumbar disc herniation. It happens at the weakest point of the disc. This is the area where the nerve exits from the spinal canal.
How should you treat sciatica?
- Chiropractic Care and physiotherapy
The chiropractors and physiotherapist can promote the proper motion and can also help you relieve the pain, and in that way they can really help you treat sciatica. There are many treatments like electrotherapy, ultrasound and other modalities, exercises, joint mobilization, manipulation and soft tissue therapy for treating this condition, but at first you should consult with your chiropractor or physiotherapist to learn what treatments are best for you.
- Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
A great way to significantly reduce sciatica symptoms is acupuncture. Tiny needles are inserted through your skin at specific points along your meridian channels. The needles cause micro-trauma to your muscles which leads to the release of endorphin. Endorphin calms the nerves and relieves muscle pain.
- Ice/ Heat Therapy
If you want to reduce pain and inflammation, applying heat packs or ice packs can really help you. The heat will help you loosen up your muscles and ice will help you reduce inflammation and swelling.
- McKenzie Exercises
- Lumbar Spine Traction and Decompression Therapy
If your pain doesn’t go away, then you can try this option. This is actually a traction therapy that spreads the lumbar vertebrae and allows the disc material re-absorb into the outer disc material.