Sciatica hurts. Everyone has heard of it, many of you have had it. The pain can be debilitating, I know I say this a lot. It starts at the base of the spine and makes your whole leg hurt. It is a deep pain; many patients believe their hip and leg are the problem, most of the time it is not.
The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging disc located at the base of the spine. Sitting, coughing, sneezing and laughing make the pain worse. As the patient goes through the day their pain may increase do to aggravation of the inflammation at work. Patient’s try many different home therapies, ice, heat, over the counter medications. I’ve even heard of patients’ trying cobra venom.
Treatment through chiropractic care of sciatica is simple and effective. At Moreland Chiropractic Clinic we utilize a tried and true method of Cox flexion distraction adjustments, home therapy and exercise.
The Cox Flexion distraction method decompresses the bulging disc and feeds the disc with blood. This speeds up the healing process of the disc bulge. The patient generally finds the Cox adjustment to be very simple and often relieves the sciatica immediately. With the Cox adjustment there is no twisting or popping of the spine. This simple adjustment has been used by many chiropractors successfully for many years.
Home therapy consists mostly of ice and rest. The patient is asked to ice the lumbar spine for fifteen to twenty minutes every two waking hours. This reduces inflammation in the area and promotes healing. Inflammation left unchecked will lead to further injury to the disc and nerve as well as arthritis of the joint.
The patient is also asked to avoid anything that aggravates the sciatica. This may be long car rides, prolonged sitting, and lifting heavy objects. Coughing, sneezing, you name it. If it bothers your sciatica you should avoid it.
As he patient improves with chiropractic care the final stage begins with exercise. These simple exercises strengthen the spine. As your spine gets stronger there is less likelihood of re-injury. This is our goal at Moreland Chiropractic clinic: get you out of pain and get you back to life.
If you’re worried that you will have to keep coming back to the chiropractor forever set your worries aside. That is the exact opposite of our vision. We want your back strong and healthy. The best way to get to this point is with exercise.
Leave your worries at the door when coming to Moreland Chiropractic Clinic. We promise not to lecture you on coming to the Chiropractor once a month forever. If you have sciatica our treatment is focused on getting you out of pain by reducing your inflammation, improving your range of motion and strengthening your spine.
Many offices make you wait a day for the report of findings. A better term for this is the pitch. This report of findings is merely a way of indoctrinating you in the belief that by coming to a chiropractor once a month for maintenance you will live a healthy life. If you are suffering from severe sciatica you don't need or want to be hearing this you just want to be better.
We will get you on the road to recovery, we treat on the first visit. We also work with your medical doctor. Your doctor needs to know about your problem and what we are doing to get it resolved. Remember when choosing a chiropractor, choose experience and look for a chiropractor that hold a URAC board accreditation. Also choose local, many chiropractor in this area do not even live in this zip code, they travel from counties away. At Moreland Chiropractic Clinic we are from here, born and raised, and we live here. So if you encounter a problem we are here when you need us.
So as always, don't delay, call today. Get back into a pain free life.
Moreland Chiropractic Clinic
Serving the Rolla MO, St. James MO, and Cuba MO area.
David J. Moreland, DC, CCSP.