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Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

sciatica-pain-tingling-numbnessWhy Choose Chiropractic Care for Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. This leg pain can take on the form of a bad leg cramp. However, it can also take the form of shooting pains that make everything from sitting to standing uncomfortable. Sciatica can occur suddenly or develop overtime. The pain of sciatica can be made worse when you sneeze or cough.

Sciatica can be one of the most painful and most persistent conditions around. Millions of individuals each year make the trip to a doctor’s office with the goal of curing sciatica. What many people don’t realize is that chiropractic care for sciatica is actually quite popular.

The goal of chiropractic care for sciatica is to help the body’s potential to heal itself. Chiropractic care of sciatica is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movements can lead to pain and minimize function as well as performance. By choosing chiropractic care for sciatica, you are opting for drug-free and non-invasive care.

Chiropractors use a variety of different therapies based on the cause of each individual patient’s sciatica. A chiropractic treatment plan for sciatica may include:

chiropcractic-adjustment-dr-lee-slideCold Therapy. Your chiropractic care for sciatica may include ice or cold therapy. This helps to reduce inflammation and control the pain associated with sciatica. Cold therapy is also a process that you can learn to engage in at home for even more relief of your sciatica symptoms.

Ultrasound Therapy. Ultrasound applies gentle heat to the body by means of sound waves that can penetrate deep down into your tissues. As part of chiropractic care for sciatica, ultrasound helps to increase circulation. Ultrasound can also reduce muscle spasms, cramps, stiffness, pain and swelling.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (more commonly known as a TENS unit). A TENS unit is a small, box-shaped, portable device that is designed to help stimulate muscles. With a variety of intensities when it comes to electrical current, a TENS unit helps to control acute pain as well as reduce muscle spasms.


Sciatica & Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatments

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

sciatic-nerveWhat is Sciatica?

A sensation that runs down the leg may be coming from a condition called sciatica. The pain, burning, numbness, or tingling is due to inflammation or irritation to the Greater Sciatic Nerve, the largest nerve that exits our spine.

The part of this nerve that causes problems down the back of the leg or into the gluteal area exits the spine at the level of the fifth lumbar vertebra. This is the last of the five lumbar vertebrae and is the area of the spine that carries the most weight, and stress. The discomfort of sciatic neuritis (sciatica) can range from a mild irritation to an inability to function.

Sciatica is a common condition and is experienced by many.

Although it is less common than lower back pain, many sciatic conditions actually come from a problem in the lower back.

The irritation that begins in or near the spine is actually referred down the nerve, so the symptoms are felt in the buttock, leg, and even into the foot. Your doctor can test you for the sciatica by performing certain stress motions on the lower spine, which will demonstrate increased symptoms in the affected leg.

The Sciatic nerve can be pinched either at the level of the spine or where the nerve passes near or through a muscle in the buttock called the piriformis muscle. Compression at either of these levels can cause symptoms of sciatica. The piriformis muscle can pinch the sciatic nerve by being in spasm. A piriformis muscle spasm can be related to a nutritional deficiency, a circulation insufficiency or from irritation to the sciatic nerve that supplies this muscle.

chiropractic-adjustment-activator-dr-linda-grappinChiropractic Care Can Help

Your Doctor of Chiropractic can help determine if you have sciatica and if so, where the underlying cause of nerve irritation is coming from.

A careful history and examination of the leg, hip, and lower back is the key to the diagnosis of this condition. Imaging of the spine (xrays or MRI) often reveal the source of nerve irritation. Soft tissue swelling, bony impingement (arthritis) degenerative disc conditions (worn disc) or a bulging or herniated disc are just some of the possible findings that imaging may uncover.