Have you ever experienced a burning sensation or tingling sensation down one or both legs?
You may have a compression of the sciatic nerve. Have you had an injury to your lower spine? Have you lifted something too heavy and felt a pop or sharp pain? Have you worked a hard job lifting repeatedly year after year? Have you been involved in a motor vehicle accident? Do you sit more than 75 percent of your day at your job? In all of these cases you could be prone to suffering sciatic type pain.
What really causes it? Common causes are pregnancy, lumbar spinal stenosis ( a type of arthritis ), degenerative disc disease, and running injuries. What contributes to a worsening of this condition is being overweight, not exercising on a regular basis, sleeping on a poor mattress especially on your stomach, and repetitive stress bending forward and twisting while lifting.
To begin with a very thorough consultation and examination would need to be performed that includes orthopedic testing, muscle assessment, range of motion testing, and possibly x ray or posture assessments. Once the cause of the sciatica is determined, then a course of treatment would be recommended. This would include specific chiropractic adjustments to the lower spine to relieve the compression of the sciatic nerve, muscle therapy to release the tension in the muscles, heat therapy, specific stretches and exercises, and any other conservative measures to aid the body in healing this condition.
Ask for a consultation to get a personal feel for the quality of our office. In our office we always do complete consultations to determine if we can help your painful situation. We develop specific treatment plans designed for the exact need of our patients. We also deliver exceptional care that is personal, friendly, compassionate, and fun.
Our chiropractic doctor is the best first stop place for your sciatic symptoms. Many patients however start trying medications, injections, and sometimes, drastic surgery to address their pain and symptoms with often disappointing results. Massage, physical therapy, and over the counter medications may help your symptoms initially, however they rarely address the cause of the sciatica.