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Muscle Relaxers Are Not the Answer to Sciatica

adult man back pain sciaticaLet’s start with the basics.

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a neuromuscular problem that typically occurs as the result of a herniated or bulging disc. It tends to present itself in the form of pain that radiates down one or both of the legs. Although sciatic nerve pain leads to secondary ailments such as muscle spasms and leg cramps, it is not a muscle issue – it is a nerve issue.

Why Not Medication?

While muscle relaxants and other forms of medication often provide symptomatic relief, they are not a lasting solution to sciatica. At best, they only improve the pain associated with this condition, rather than permanently resolving the condition itself.

To properly address sciatica, the primary focus should be on identifying and correcting the root of the problem, beginning with the nerves. Chiropractors are trained to manipulate the body in such a way that promotes healthy nerve pathways without the use of drugs or surgery.

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Co-Management When Needed

Some cases of sciatica are much more severe than others. If you or a loved one decide to give chiropractic care a try and do not achieve full relief, then co-management is always an option. Though working with a chiropractor should always be your first attempt at healing, it is never a bad idea to combine knowledge and resources when necessary.

We are happy to work alongside general physicians or other specialists on an as needed basis to make sure that you feel better and stay better!

Ditch the Muscle Relaxants

Are you tired of taking medication that works for a limited time? We understand. With chiropractic care on your side, you may be able to ditch the muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories for a long-term solution.

Be sure to contact Dr. Lichter and Associates to learn about a natural alternative to medication. Our practice is here to help you in any way we can.

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4 Join the Conversation

  1. J Y says
    May 17, 2023 at 11:04 PM

    May I know what natural supplements I should take to treat my sciatica pain during my sleep at night?

  2. Mary says
    May 20, 2023 at 8:15 AM

    Is naproxen good to take for sciatica

  3. Antoinette M BENNETT says
    Sep 05, 2023 at 2:28 AM

    This was very helpful in the time of my sciatic nerve problem thanks for the help.

  4. Judy kulper says
    Nov 28, 2023 at 12:16 AM

    Took steroids which help tremendously. After a week after taking them my sciatica pain came back. Now taking muscle relaxers which doesn't help at all. I can have 2 or 3 good days and I think I might overdo it but the pain comes back only in my leg. Any suggestions

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