Types of Low Back Pain – Sciatica

Low Back Pain - Chiropractor KennesawOne of the most common forms of back pain, especially low back pain, is Sciatica. The pain originates in the low back or buttock and travels into one or both legs via the sciatic nerve. The pain varies in intensity and ranges from minimal to severe and can be occasional to constant.

Contrary to most people’s understanding, sciatica is not a condition. It is a symptom of an underlying condition.

Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. The most common conditions known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebra) and herniated or bulging discs. Pregnancy and childbirth, both of which can put extra stress on the vertebra can exacerbate a condition.

Since there are many disorders that cause sciatica, the chiropractor’s first step is to determine what is causing the patient’s sciatica. Forming a diagnosis includes a thorough review of the patient’s medical history.

The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient’s sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments. The most common form of treatment is spinal manipulation or adjustments.

Manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustment helps reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica.

Over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs like advil or aleve may be utilized to reduce immediate inflammation of the sciatic nerve.  Reducing the inflammation however is only a treatment of symptoms, not a treatment of the underlying cause of the pain.

Every case of sciatica is different and requires a customized plan of treatment.  If you suffer from sciatica or any other form of low back pain, schedule a consultation with Kennesaw Chiropractor, Dr. Todd Supnick of Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw at 770-262-1909, who will evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan designed to treat the underlying condition and put an end to your lower back pain.


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