New Solutions to Sciatica in Puyallup
Sciatica is a condition characterized by irritation of the sciatic nerve The two most common causes of sciatic nerve is low back nerve plexus irritation and piriformis syndrome
The lumbar nerve plexus is made up of several nerves that combine to make up the sciatic nerve. If there is pressure due to arthritis or disc pain on this plexus it will eventually cause sciatica down the leg.
Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the muscle is in spasm and compresses the sciatic nerve. The piriformis muscle attaches to the hip and sacrum, thus it is an internal hip rotator. Therefore poor posture and ergonomics can eventually cause chronic instability in the pelvis causing sciatica.
Effective sciatica treatments:
By increasing the motion in the sacrum and hip joint pressures take it off the piriformis muscle and lower lumbar segments that allow the sciatic nerve to function at optimal levels without pain
By increasing the disk space in the lower lumbar spine, this allows the lumbar nerve plexus to function with less irritation
Since one of the major causes of sciatica is Piriformiss syndrome, but utilizing massage therapy to decrease muscle irritation inside the pelvic floor muscles and Piriformis, proper ergonomics are restored to decrease pressure off the sciatic nerve.
Conventional treatments for sciatica include nerve blocks such as gabapentin and physical therapy modalities. Both of these therapies help with decreasing pain, but if the underlying issues are not addressed, pain could last for years while the problem gets worse over time
Many patients are told there is nothing that they can do for their sciatic pain, except for pain medications. They are left with daily pain and weakness in the leg and modify their entire lives for their condition. It does not need to be like this. There are options and there are solutions to chronic sciatica. Ask your Puyallup Chiropractor about chiropractic and massage as a tool to help relieve their pain and chronic low back pain