Sciatica Pain Treatment in Myrtle Beach
The sciatic nerve is the main nerve which feeds and controls the legs and is formed from 5 lumbar nerves which feed into it in the buttock area. Sciatica pain treatment in Myrtle Beach has slowly been increasing and I see many patients each week with complaints of sciatica pain and symptoms. I’d like to spend a little time going over what the condition is, how to identify it and how to treat it as it can sometimes be hard to distinguish.
What is Sciatica?
Essentially, sciatica is the inflammation of the sciatic nerve. As the sciatic nerve controls a large portion of the leg, it can cause many different symptoms. Here are just a few:
- Pain down the leg
- Tingling or numbness
- Tightness and stretching is difficult
- Throbbing sensation
How do I Know if I Have Sciatica Symptoms or Not?
While you should get a proper diagnosis from us or your primary to be totally sure, there are tests you can do yourself to see if it looks like you are suffering from sciatica. Here’s one which will help determine diagnosis by exasperating the symptoms:
- Sit down on the floor with your legs in front of you
- Stretch to reach your toes
- If the symptoms (pain, numbness, tightness etc) seem to increase, there’s a high probability that you have sciatica pain symptoms
What Sciatica Pain Treatment is Available in Myrtle Beach?
There’s a few things that can help sciatic nerve pain. One thing you can do is to use ice to reduce inflammation on the nerve. Now, do not make the mistake of icing the area that is in pain or numb as this will not help anything. You need to ice the source of the problem, ie the area where the sciatic nerve is.
Icing the source will help to reduce inflammation and thus reduce the effect the problem is causing. So ice for 20 minutes (no more) every hour if you can to help it. If that’s not possible (you do have a life after all), then ice before you go to bed.
If this doesn’t help, or you are still having problems, then come in and see us and we will examine you and help with your sciatica pain treatment. Treatment for this is similar to other conditions we treat in that we will be looking to decompress the joints, allow your sciatic nerve to be free and reduce inflammation via adjustments.
We can also help you to form a sciatica pain treatment plan where you can do certain exercises, stretches, icing and so on to further improve the chances of proper recovery.