How do you get rid of Sciatica?
Sciatica is a term that is used to describe one sided low back or buttock pain. After 20 years practicing chiropractic medicine sciatica is the most common condition I see in my office. Most of the time it is an easy problem to resolve.
Most causes of sciatica are caused by a misalignment of the pelvic bones and the sacrum. This joint is called the Sacroiliac (SI) joint. Between the sacrum and the pelvis there is a joint comprised of two soft rubbery cartilage surfaces that are lubricated with a clear slippery substance called synovial fluid. Normally you have about 1-3 degrees of movement in your SI joints. Your SI joints can be found just below your belt line and a thumb length from the centerline off to each side. These joints can cause sciatic pain when they become stuck and pinch the soft rubbery cartilage between the sacrum and the pelvis. You will know you have an SI joint that is stuck when you have pain just below the beltline and just off to one side. You may have problems with slight bending like when you spit out your toothpaste or wash dishes. Turning over in bed is also painful when you have sciatic pain from a stuck SI joint. You may also have pain in the knee, down the back of your leg of even some numbness in your leg or foot.
All I need to do as a chiropractor to fix this type sciatica is to get the SI joint to function normally again. To do this we need to figure out which side is stuck and with direction did it go? Determining the side is easy it is usually the one that hurts when I push on it. The direction can be determined by looking at your leg length. You will notice that if you lay face down and have a friend compare the length of one leg to the other you may see a difference! The length of the leg on the painful side will help me figure how I need to make the adjustment to restore the correct position of your SI joint.
Adjustments are precise procedures done by chiropractors to restore proper mobility and position to bones and joints that have become slightly misaligned. Once proper alignment and function has been restored to the SI joint the pain will go away and you will not have to come back to see me. This can take a few visits. Once sciatica has been resolved with adjustments it may come back. However, I have may patient I have treated feel better after a few treatments for years!
Do you have sciatica? Have you been to my office to have your SI joints checked? If not you may be suffering with a problem that can be easily resolved with just a few treatments. The young lady below had significant relief with just a 9 adjustments!