Chiropractic care can potentially help with sciatica and low back pain that refers to buttock and hip areas, depending on the underlying cause of your sciatic pain.

Sciatica is often caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which can result from various factors such as herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or muscle tightness.

Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal system, including the spine, and use adjustments or manipulations to restore proper alignment and function.

For sciatica, chiropractic treatment may involve spinal adjustments to relieve pressure on the affected nerve and reduce inflammation.

Additionally, chiropractors may recommend exercises, stretches, and lifestyle modifications to support healing and prevent future episodes of sciatic pain.

Treatment for sciatica typically involves a combination of self-care measures, medication, physical therapy, and in some cases, interventions like injections or surgery. Here are steps you can take to treat sciatica:

  1. Self-care: Start with self-care measures such as rest, avoiding activities that worsen the pain, and using hot or cold packs on the affected area. Finding a comfortable position, such as lying on your side with a pillow between your knees, can also help.
  2. Chiropractic: A chiropractor can teach you exercises and stretches to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve, improve flexibility and strength, and correct posture. Physical therapy can also include techniques like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or traction.
  3. Alternative therapies: Some people find relief from sciatica pain through alternative treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, or yoga. These therapies can help improve overall well-being and reduce stress, which may contribute to pain.
  4. Lifestyle modifications: Making healthy lifestyle choices such as maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good posture, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, and using proper body mechanics when lifting can help prevent sciatica or reduce the frequency of flare-ups.

However, it’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a chiropractor or a physician, to determine the specific cause of your sciatica and develop a personalized treatment plan.

They can assess your condition, conduct necessary tests or imaging studies, and recommend appropriate interventions, which may include chiropractic care along with other modalities like physical therapy or medication.

By Dr. Zavosh: Burrard Chiropractic and Foot Orthotics