Sciatica Pain Relief Is Here!

Sciatica pain has become one of the most frequently reported issues in our country today. It is reported that 40% of Americans will suffer from sciatica pain at one point in their lives. What is sciatica pain exactly? Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain that radiates from the low back or buttock region down the thigh, leg and possibly your foot. It may travel down the back, outside or inside of the leg and is most often one-sided, though on rare occasions it may be in both legs. In addition to pain, sciatica may cause symptoms of weakness, numbness and tingling, and loss of sensation. The pain of sciatica can range from mild and occasional to severe and constant. Most of the time, sciatica is caused by compression of the nerve roots that exit the spine in the low back or sacral areas. This can be due to a herniated/ruptured disc in the low back, compressed intervertebral discs, narrowing of the space where the spinal nerve exits the spine or tension in a deep buttock muscle called the piriformis. 

If you are looking for affective pain relief from sciatica pain look no further. Acupuncture is here to help. According to a study done in 2015 by researchers at the Rizhao Hospital of TCM and the Shanghai University of TCM investigated the effectiveness of acupuncture and herbal medicine for the treatment of sciatica. Both were found to be effective treatments, producing significant improvement in patient outcomes. As a standalone therapy, acupuncture had a total effective rate of 81.6% for pain relief and return-to-normal function. When herbal medicine was added, the effectiveness increased to 95%. Electroacupuncture, the gentle electrical stimulation of acupuncture needles, increased the effectiveness of this combined approach 

I have treated sciatica pain in my clinic for over 9 years and have personally seen how effective acupuncture is. Acupuncture is typically an effective way to treat sciatica without drugs or side-effects. Sciatica is a very painful condition that can be treated successfully in a relatively short time. The number of treatments needed for sciatica to resolve depends on how long the sciatica has been occurring and how severe the pain is. Your acupuncturist can suggest a course of treatments once you’ve discussed your health condition(s) together. A typical course of treatments for sciatica would be 6 to 12 treatments, 1-3 times per week depending on the severity. 1 time a week for mild cases, 2 times a week for moderate cases, and 3 times a week for severe cases. More frequent treatments are recommended for getting relief more quickly, but when it’s hard to find the time for frequent treatments, once a week often suffices for slower but steady progress. 

If you are suffering from sciatica pain, I encourage you to call and set up a free consultation today 941-366-4786. You do not have to live your life in pain or miss out of the everyday joys life has to offer. Stop your pain today. Come in and see how acupuncture can help you.