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Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatica

Chiropractic treatment of sciatica is not unusual. Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency.

Sciatic pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. More symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica can also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia. Sciatica is not a disorder in itself, it is a symptom of a disorder...

Caused by Nerve Compression

The disorders that are known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebral body/ies), herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and other non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or even sitting on one's back pocket wallet.

One cause you may hear about for sciatica is Piriformis Syndrome. Piriformis syndrome is named after the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine. This muscle connects to the thighbone, and assists in hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. This muscle is prone to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length. These situations can cause cramping and spasm to develop in the piriformis muscle, thereby pinching the sciatic nerve and causing inflammation and pain.

Proper Diagnosis

As you can see, there are many disorders that cause sciatica. the chiropractor's first step is to determine what disorder is causing the patient's sciatica. To arrive at this diagnosis the doctor must perform a thorough review the patient's medical history, and a physical and neurological examination. Diagnostic testing can include an x-ray, MRI, CT scan and/or electrodiagnostic tests (nerve conduction velocity, electromyography).

Treatment Approach

The type of chiropractic treatment provided depends on the cause of the patient's sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as spinal adjustments, ice/cold therapies, a stretching routine to be done between visits, and a review of correct sitting postures.

Do you have any questions or concerns Chiropractic and how it can help your sciatica? Contact Us or call Dr. Lawson DC directly at 858-576-6329. He will be happy to answer your questions and set up a prompt appointment.

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