At our chiropractic clinic in Leawood, our front desk associates hear the complaint “my sciatica is acting up” quite often when patients are asked what about the reason for their visit. It may produce a giggle or two from those who are too young or too fortunate to understand; but those who suffer from sciatica nerve pain know all too well just what that means. Unfortunately, many people believe that the symptoms of sciatica is tied to aging or injury; which is just another one of the myths that continue to perpetuate about the problem.
As your local chiropractor serving Overland Park, Shawnee and Lenexa, we find that we need to continually try to debunk those myths that just refuse to die. Again and again, our new patients come in believing the following misinformation about sciatic nerve pain, its symptoms and its treatment:
- Myth #1: Leg pain that is free of back pain is not caused by sciatic nerve pain – This myth is actually harmful to many sufferers of sciatica. The symptoms of sciatica vary from person to person and can be devoid of pain in the lower back for many. Only a physical exam and x-rays can fully reveal the cause of leg or back pain so sciatica should not be ruled out until those steps are completed by your chiropractor.
- Myth #2: Sciatica is a medical condition – Actually, many people respond to being told they have sciatica as if its a medical diagnosis. The truth, however, is that sciatica is simply the name given to a set of symptoms caused by a spinal condition or disorder. It can be addressed and it can be alleviated with regular treatments.
- Myth #3: Sciatic nerve pain is best treated with rest – Nothing could be further from the truth. In all actuality, doctors of all types recommend regular exercise that gently relieves the area nerves from pressure. Yoga and other stretching exercises have proven to be very effective in the treatment and relief of sciatica.
- Myth #4: Surgery is the only truly effective treatment for sciatica – Many treatment options exist that provide just as much, if not more, relief from sciatic nerve pain than invasive back surgery. Chiropractic adjustments, yoga, massage and acupuncture have been proven to be highly effective in the long-term relief from sciatic symptoms.
As experts in natural, drug-free pain relief, we use only proven techniques to treat all of our patients suffering from neck or back pain. Using modern, comfortable and gentle chiropractic adjustments and spinal manipulation, we create a treatment plan that is individualized to your exact symptoms in order to attain the most effective results possible.
Find out more about the truth regarding sciatica and how your chiropractor can help by calling us to schedule a comprehensive consultation. We look forward to helping you start your own path towards optimal health and wellness.