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Posted on 04-30-2013

Understanding Sciatica: 3 Things You Need to Know

treating sciatica in Portland.jpgIf you have recently been diagnosed with sciatica, you may be wondering what causes this painful condition and if there are any effective treatments that do not require medication. It is natural to feel frustrated, overwhelmed and afraid that pain may compromise your ability to live an active life. Our Portland chiropractor Dr. Samantha Stuart is here to help.

Portland Chiropractor Shares Pain Management Tips for Sciatica

Dr. Stuart has provided natural back pain management for hundreds of patients just like you. Below, Dr. Stuart shares three things every sciatica patient should know about managing pain and living an active life.

#1: Sciatica is a symptom of a spinal misalignment. While sciatica itself is not a disorder, this condition is symptomatic of an undiagnosed spinal misalignment. For many patients, a herniated disc in the lower back is responsible for triggering their sciatica pain. An auto accident injury, an accidental slip and fall, or a sports injury could all have caused a disc in the lower back to slip out of alignment. Once this occurs, the disc may compress nearby nerves, such as the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is one of the body’s primary nerves. Pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and legs, can trigger pain.

#2: Medication provides on temporary relief for back pain; it is not a permanent solution. If you have been diagnosed with sciatica, your doctor may have recommended medication to relieve this pain. While medication can provide temporary relief, it is not a permanent solution. Drugs work by interfering with the brain’s processing of pain signals. This temporarily numbs pain. However, once the medication wears off, pain will return.

#3: Chiropractic adjustments are effective for back pain management. Chiropractic adjustments bring proper alignment back to the spine by creating space between the vertebrae. This reduces lower back compression and alleviates pressure on the sciatic nerve, which in turn alleviates back pain. Regular adjustments are an effective back pain management alternative to medication.

Has sciatica affected you? Have you considered chiropractic care for pain management?

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