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Natural Sciatica Pain Management

The symptoms of sciatica are painful enough, but when you factor in the missed work, missed time with your family and friends and missed opportunities caused by sciatica symptoms, it’s just too much! Your number one goal becomes finding some kind of effective sciatica pain management technique, and you’re probably willing to try just about anything that offers sciatica pain relief. But before you try “just anything”, learn about a natural approach that does more than just manage sciatica pain.

Sciatica Pain

The idea of sciatica pain management implies that nothing can be done to correct the underlying cause of your sciatica symptoms, so all you can do is “manage” the pain. Traditional medicine suggests you manage sciatica pain in one of these ways:

  • Learn to live with the pain
  • Mask the pain with drugs
  • Increase your tolerance to pain with sciatica exercises

Without addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms, the traditional approach to sciatica treatment only targets the symptoms. What’s causing the symptoms, however, is the real problem. You may experience pain, burning, weakness or numbness in your lower back or lower extremities, difficulty rising from a chair or sofa, or decreased mobility; all of these can be signs that the sciatic nerve is disturbed. Even if your pain is in your leg, the root cause is typically in the low back, where some spinal element such as a disc has encroached into a nerve canal, pressing on the nerve and causing inflammation or irritation. Unless this underlying cause is addressed and corrected, sciatica symptoms will continue to flare up and you will constantly be battling to manage the sciatica pain.

Understanding Sciatica’s Causes

There is a common misconception that something traumatic must occur to bring on sciatica – like a car accident or a fall down the stairs. Of course, these traumas or any blows to the spine can result in sciatica, but they’re not the most likely culprits. Much more often, what happens is… nothing much. You bend over to tie your shoes, and suddenly you can’t move. Or you attempt to stand up from your desk and realize that your leg is in pain or numb. That’s because, over a lifetime, damage to the spine accumulates; the body is remarkably adept at compensating and going on about its business despite the damage caused by poor posture, overexertion and lack of strength of the surrounding muscles until one last, little thing like bending over pushes the body past its breaking point.

Real Healing for Sciatica

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Chiropractic has been so successful with sciatica that millions of patients worldwide swear by it! By locating the specific underlying causes of sciatica symptoms, chiropractic can help correct these structural misalignments to restore normal nerve function and eliminate sciatica pain.

Of course, some people may have advanced degenerative issues that cannot be reversed, but even for these patients, chiropractic has proved to be helpful in maintaining better spinal alignment, reducing nerve interference to minimize sciatica symptoms.

And chiropractic does it all without drugs or scalpels! If you want to help your body heal itself naturally instead of just managing pain, contact one of the chiropractors who will be happy to start you on the road to wellness. All you have to do is schedule an appointment.

Not sure what to expect? That’s understandable, given all the misinformation about chiropractic that the mainstream medical community has spread. The truth is that chiropractic is the most popular alternative healthcare approach in the world, provided by highly educated professionals, licensed by every state in the union and covered by most insurance plans. And when you visit a chiropractor, you can be sure you’ll be dealing with a caring, compassionate doctor who understands that you are a person, not a set of symptoms.

When you come in for a consultation, the doctor will chat with you for a bit to see what’s happening in your body and in your life. Then he or she will examine you (many people say it’s the most thorough exam they’ve ever experienced) to determine your specific trouble spots. All of the results will be explained to you and a plan for addressing the problems will be outlined. After answering any questions you may have, your doctor will perform gentle and precise adjustment(s) to any area(s) of misalignment that were discovered. For many, just a few adjustments are needed to restore proper alignment and nerve function. For others, routine visits are necessary to keep the degenerative spinal elements aligned as well as possible in an effort to minimize the sciatica flare-ups. No specific outcome can be guaranteed, of course.

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Pain Relief Risks

Unlike medications typically prescribed for sciatica pain management, chiropractic has no side effects and no drug interactions, explains a Madison chiropractor. Here are some commonly-prescribed sciatica medications and their possible risks:

Sciatica Medication Known Risks
Motrin, Naprosyn, Advil, Aleve, Ansaid, etc. NSAIDS may interact with lithium, blood pressure medications and blood thinners; side effects include ringing in the ears, blood clots, heart attacks.
Valium, Soma, Flexeril, etc. Muscle relaxants may be habit forming and may interact with MAOI’sand antidepressants; side effects include depression, insomnia, paralysis, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, lack of inhibition, risk taking, hallucinations.
Elavil, Norpramin, Endep, etc. Anti-depressants may interact with heart rhythm medications, MAOIs and anti-seizure medication; side effects include vomiting, insomnia, nightmares, blurred vision, hallucinations, chest pain, pounding heartbeat, seizures.
Topamax, Neurontin, etc. Anti-convulsants may interact with pain relievers, anti-depressants, bronchodilators and diabetes medications; side effects include problems with speech or balance, insomnia, weight loss, vision loss, fast heart rate, seizures.
Hydrocodone, Codeine, Morphine, etc. Narcotics may be habit forming and may interact with other pain relievers, muscle relaxants and tranquilizers; side effects include drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, slow heartbeat, fainting, hallucinations, convulsions.

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