Sciatica Treatment in Cork
Sciatica is a specific type of pain which can be felt going down the leg from the lower back. The pain typically goes down the back and outside of the leg.
The sciatic nerve stems from the lower part of the spine and sacrum on either side and travels down each leg. Pain down the front of the thigh is normally not referred to as sciatica.
Sciatica usually presents over a period of time and can take a couple of months to resolve itself. It can also present as hamstring or calf tightness that can confuse the diagnosis as it can appear as though it is a muscle strain.
At the Douglas Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Clinic in Cork City, we can offer an individualised sciatica chiropractic treatment plan that will help alleviate the pain and prevent the recurrence of sciatic pain.
Sciatica and Related Symptoms
Sciatic pain can be mild, annoying or totally intolerable depending on the cause and severity. A common misconception is that sciatica is a disorder – however, sciatic pain is really one of the symptoms of a disorder (often a disc problem). Typically, symptoms are only on one side of the body.
Lower back pain (Lumbago)
Pain in the back of one leg
Burning down the leg
Radiating pain down to the foot
Tingling down the leg
Difficulty standing up
Pins and needles
Pain worse when sitting
Difficulty moving one leg
If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms above, we can help. Just fill in the form below to request a Chiropractic consultation in Cork City.
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Your First Visit
Many patients initially visit us looking for relief from sciatica.
Your first consultation with one of our experienced and fully-qualified Cork chiropractors will take approximately 40 minutes.
Once the chiropractor has obtained your case history and previous medical history, you will be given a thorough orthopaedic and neurological examination.
If you find chiropractic care suitable and wish to continue, your treatment plan will be prepared.
The plan will typically include manual adjustment sessions in which the chiropractor manipulates your vertebral column using a controlled, precise and sudden force to reduce the sciatic nerve pain and improve the range and the quality of motion.
Your chiropractor may also recommend exercise plans, physiotherapy, massage and other therapeutic procedures as part of your treatment plan.
Our goal is the complete restoration of physical function and the prevention of injury, in addition to sciatic pain relief!
Sciatica Causes and Risk Factors
Sciatic pain is typically caused by something pressing or rubbing on the sciatic nerve. It can be traced in many cases to a specific cause, such as:
Degenerative Disc Disease
Herniated or Prolapsed Disc
Physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve and ease the pain without resorting to painkillers.
The core of chiropractic therapy consists of:
Manual manipulation: This type of manual manipulation refers to a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust that is applied to the abnormal vertebra with the goal of improving functionality, reducing nerve irritability and restoring range of motion in the back. It is also commonly known as “chiropractic adjustment”
Mobilisation: Chiropractic mobilisation refers to low-velocity manipulation, movement and stretching of the muscles and joints, with the goal of increasing the range of motion within those areas.
Our chiropractors have many years of clinical experience in providing safe, gentle and effective care, suitable for patients of all ages; they are all trained to the highest standards and are fully-qualified members of the Chiropractic Association of Ireland.
If you would like to find out more about what we do at the Douglas Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Clinic and how we could help you get to the root cause of your symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact us.