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The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston has had great success helping patients recover from pain caused by damage to the sciatic nerve.

What is a Sciatic Nerve?

Sciatica often is the source of most pain in the lower part of the body. This is because your sciatic nerve extends from your lower back through your buttocks, hips and both sides of your legs and feet. It fact, the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your entire body.

When you experience discomfort radiating along this nerve (often after long periods of sitting or standing), it’s most likely a symptom of sciatic pain.

The intensity of the pain varies from mild aching to sharp or burning sensations. While the pain is tolerable or easy for some patients to manage holistically, for others the discomfort can become excruciating or unbearable.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is frequently misunderstood simply as “general back pain”. Although, it’s most often caused by a specific high-impact injury or condition within your body.

Here are two common causes of sciatica:

  • Herniated Disk

A herniated (or “slipped”) disk is when the jelly-like disc between your spinal vertebras has either torn or ruptured.

This is often incredibly painful due to an immense pressure now put on the nerves it surrounds. It can also cause inflammation leading to numbness, tingling or discomfort in your legs.

It’s the most common cause of sciatic pain.

  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Another frequent cause of sciatic nerve pain is for adults (mostly over 50 years of age) when your spinal canal begins to narrow.

For many, the condition is attributed as a symptom of arthritis. The spinal canal over time may narrow and cause the open spaces between the vertebrae to shrink.

When this happens, patients often experience a tightness or “pinching” of the spinal cord and the nerves around it.

It can cause severe pain, tingling, or numbness in your legs.

Other Causes

Sciatic nerve pain also frequently happens as a result of physical injury.  If you’ve been in an auto accident, sports injury or other high-impact accident, it’s incredibly important to see a Chiropractor and learn how you can help heal or reduce pain caused by the condition.

Our providers at the Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston are here to not only help discover the root cause of your sciatic pain but also work with you to create a personalized treatment plan for natural recovery and pain management.

Call our Specific Chiropractic office today to see if our approach is right for you!

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How Do I Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Unfortunately, pain medication and muscle relaxers can’t correct nerve compression. Relying on a treatment plan comprised of only prescription medication may help your pain in the short-term but cause much more serious issues in the future.

When you ignore the cause of sciatic pain, your condition (and pain levels) may worsen over time. You also run the risk of building a tolerance to prescription medication, which can increase the chances of developing a life-threating addiction and severe liver damage.

Are There Stretches or Topical Treatments That Can Help?

While the internet might offer all kinds of at-home therapy suggestions, it’s important to have a thorough evaluation from a licensed professional before you attempt certain stretches and other pain relieving techniques.

After a thorough evaluation that includes x-rays and technical analysis, your chiropractor can suggest natural pain relief that’s specific to the nuances of your condition. Some recommendations might include heat or ice therapy, massage and daily stretches or exercises.

Since your provider will have an in-depth understanding of your condition after evaluation, they’ll advise you accordingly and don’t accidentally push your body too much causing the condition to worsen.

While these stretches and topical treatments may provide much needed temporary pain relief, the true goal of Specific Chiropractic care is to address the root of the problem rather than temporarily treat your symptoms.

Chiropractic and Sciatica

Our philosophy and approach at The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston may help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. Many patients [link to testimonial page] have seen great results after consistent and dedicated care with our doctors.

The purpose of Chiropractic is not just to relieve pain, but ultimately help your body’s potential to heal itself.

Our approach is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance.

By removing that interference of your spinal movements with regular chiropractic adjustments, your body and immune system can naturally begin to heal from high-impact injuries that are a common cause of sciatic nerve pain.

Chiropractic care is non-invasive, non-surgical and drug-free.

Can Chiropractic Cure Sciatica?

The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston does not claim an ability to cure any condition or disease. Although, after thorough evaluation and consistent treatment, many of our patients have seen positive results for a long list of both physical and psychological conditions.

How Much Chiropractic Care Will Be Needed?

Every situation varies. By first discovering what’s causing your sciatic pain (from physical injury, arthritis, etc.), you and your provider can develop an effective treatment plan together that works with your schedule.

Keep in mind: Improving joint motion with chiropractic treatments has produced results for many people but does require consistency and dedication.

After a consultation and thorough examination, we’ll tell you if we think we can help. If not, we’re happy to refer you to someone we believe can.

Visit The Specific Chiropractic Centers of Boston Today For Sciatica and Sciatic Nerve Pain

Our facility in Watertown, MA is conveniently located right in Watertown Square. Please call our clinic to make an appointment, get help with directions or help with any other questions you may have.

To learn more about our specific approach to chiropractic and how it may be able to help you, please book a consultation with us!