We know that even mainstream physicians and surgeons recognize the value of relieving sciatica via multidisciplinary approaches that are available through “a wide variety of integrated treatments” for this common condition.
At Montvale Health Sport + Spine, we have seen that sciatica is most common among people in their forties and fifties and is especially notable in adult pregnant women. We can blame some of it on the sedentary society in which we live, which encourages sitting and standing for long periods of time, eschewing the benefits of movement. But, at the same time, we have so much access to exercise, fitness equipment and online programs that it’s mostly a matter of realigning our co-called leisure time priorities. Yet a sudden and aggressive participation in exercise or sporting activities may itself bring on sciatica or worsen a condition that is already there.
We know the sciatic nerve can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness that radiates from the lower back upward and down the length of the legs. We can relieve the symptoms of sciatica, emanating from the sciatic nerve, through a variety of treatments including chiropractic care, spinal decompression therapy, acupuncture & injection therapy.
You can learn all about all our noninvasive and non-pharmaceutical treatments that have proven effectiveness in relieving, even controlling, the sometimes-debilitating symptoms of sciatica on our website. Before we address some of the causes of sciatica, we remind you that the symptoms follow the path of the sciatic nerve originating in the lower back, branching out through the hips and buttocks and down the legs— usually one or the other. The pain and numbness are known to radiate beyond the path of the nerve itself, making the target even more elusive.
Don’t Tough It Out; Seek Treatment
If you have sciatica and feel at this point that you can tough it out because it is sporadic and can be tolerated at its worst, we can tell you that unless you are among the fortunate few, it will get worse. That’s why you shouldn’t wait too long before seeking out treatment, because months, even years, of suffering may be relieved in a matter of weeks, restoring a quality of life you forgot you ever enjoyed. The longer you continue to bite the bullet of pain and suffering, the more likely you are to avoid reaching sciatica’s advanced stages that may include, among other conditions, a progressive weaking that could weaken one of your legs to the extent that it cannot support your weight. How about the loss of control of your bowels and bladder and its embarrassing and social-impairing consequences?
The more you know about sciatica, the better prepared you are to work in tandem with specialists and the technology we have at our disposal. As bad as it may become, the good news is that it may not be as bad as you think, and we can reduce years of damage sciatica has wrought in a matter of weeks. In fact, you might be surprised at the relief you feel from a deep tissue massage session or a session of spinal decompression therapy.
Whether the cause of your sciatica is degeneration or via injury, we can tell you that you are not alone. According to Harvard Medical School researchers, an estimated as 40 percent of Americans will experience sciatica pain at some time in their lives. That’s why we know so much about it and have the tools to bring relief to sciatica sufferers.
Dr. David Saint completed his undergraduate degree at Lafayette College and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Life University. He is a past board member of the Council of New Jersey Chiropractors and an active member in the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors. Dr. Saint is also a member of the International Chiropractic Association and the American Chiropractic Association. He is certified in physiotherapy and numerous chiropractic adjustment techniques including Gonstead, Thompson Drop, SOT, Full Spine, HIO, instrumentation adjusting, soft tissue mobilization, Manipulation Under Anesthesia, and the Webster Breech Technique for breech presented mothers.