If you’ve never had sciatica, you will probably not be able to imagine the huge impact it can have on the quality of your life. While everyone’s symptoms vary, sciatica is typically described as an excruciating pain that begins in the lower back and suddenly shoots down the leg.

The pain that comes from sciatica is debilitating as it happens, and over time, it can lead to long-term debilitation. Other than the pain, patients will often develop tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in the leg, which can make it difficult or impossible to stand and walk.

To put it simply, sciatica can negatively impact your quality of life. If you have sciatica, it will interfere with your ability to go to work, take care of yourself and your family, or enjoy your favorite things. But, your chiropractor can help.

If you have tried all of the usual treatment options for medical care to help your sciatica, our team of highly trained professionals can provide you with comprehensive care and we have helped many of our patients overcome their pain and return to the regular life that they have enjoyed.

The Basics of Sciatica

The sciatica nerve comes from your spinal cord traveling down both sides of your body then passes through the left and right buttocks, eventually going down your legs and to your feet. Sciatica will usually happen when the sciatic nerve is pinched at the base of the spine, which is a problem that can be caused by:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Bone spurs
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipped vertebrae

Treatments for Sciatica

Lower back pain and sciatica usually don’t respond well to standard medical care. This is why we recommend treatment that includes exercise, rehabilitation, and spinal manipulation. Your treatment can fall into any of the following categories:

Chiropractic

Chiropractic care uses many different techniques that are proven to relieve lower back pain and sciatica. Your treatment can include things such as spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, postural correction, manual chiropractic therapies, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.

Rehabilitation

Physical rehabilitation can include a wide range of therapies that are designed to help strengthen your lower back, improve circulation and reduce your pain. A full rehabilitation plan can incorporate many different therapies, which can include:

  • Structured exercises
  • Stretching
  • Strength training
  • Manual therapies

There may also be a focus on teaching proper ergonomics and how you should move your body throughout the day to prevent strain on the lower back, which triggers sciatica.

Regenerative Medicines

Regenerative medicine is the injectable treatments that use your own body’s natural healing agents, platelets and stem cells. Platelets help accelerate healing, regulate inflammation and support stem cell growth. Adult stem cells like mesenchymal stem cells are responsible for regenerating all of the new cells that your body needs to repair damaged tissues. We might recommend that you get regenerative medicine to help promote healing in the tissues which are causing sciatica.

Is sciatica affecting the quality of your life? Call the best chiropractor in Oakville for assistance! Dundas Chiropractic offers high-quality chiropractic care, spinal decompression, chiropody & orthotics, massage therapy and acupuncture, so contact us today!