Sciatica is a nasty pain. It can be throbbing, achy, stabbing or searing. The pain can start in the low back or hip and travel down the leg, through the calf, and into the foot. It is often a nerve pain, sharp and achy, that interferes with sleep, work and quality of life. And once it strikes, it is very slow to heal, sometimes taking years to get better. But the good news is that acupuncture can resolve this pain quickly and completely.
What Triggers Sciatica?
In my own case, I was lifting weights (leg presses) when I heard a pop. The result was terrible pain in my hip that traveled down my left leg to the foot. Our patients describe sciatic pain coming on from lifting a heavy piece of furniture, playing basketball as a weekend warrior, or skiing too aggressively down a mogul field. The exact injury varies, but the mechanism of pain is similar. The injury causes pressure on the sciatic nerve. It can be a muscle in spasm. It can be a bulging disc. It can be an injured tendon or ligament. The impinged nerve causes shooting pain. And of course the injury itself (muscle, disc, etc) has it’s own pain.
Successful Sciatica Treatment
Treating sciatica involves addressing both the local injury and the injury to the nerve. Each treatment is customized to meet the patient’s needs. And the results are excellent. Our sciatica treatment typically heals the injury in three to nine treatments. As with all acupuncture treatments, they are relaxing, safe and comfortable.
Here are some useful tips if you are currently suffering from sciatica. First, don’t try to “stretch it out”. While stretching is helpful for general tightness, it’s bad with an injury like this. Similarly, you can’t “push through” this injury. You need to rest. Make an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner you start treatment, the quicker you will get better. Sciatica is a difficult injury, but with the right approach and care you’ll be up and running again in no time.
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