Sciatic Pain

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WHAT IS SCIATICA?

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Sciatica is a very painful condition that starts when a nerve becomes “pinched.’ As the longest nerve in the body, the Sciatic nerve exits your lower spine and divides into two pathways at the knee and then travels to the feet.


The interference usually occurs where the nerve exits the spine, causing inflammation and swelling but the pain can be felt anywhere along the nerve pathway (most commonly from the waist down). You may also experience pain, numbness, and tingling.


Disc herniations, arthritis or other spinal conditions can also cause Sciatica.

HOW DO WE DIAGNOSE SCIATICA?

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Our goal is to locate the cause of your pain so we can resolve it. We do this by conducting an examination.


We use motion palpation, orthopedic, and neurological tests to determine which movements are causing your pain. Then, we’ll check the muscles that are connected to the sciatic nerve.


If necessary, we’ll take pictures (x-rays) of your lower back. These images can be used to confirm a diagnosis or rule out causes before finalizing a treatment plan.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SCIATICA?

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Sciatica pain can happen anytime, anywhere. Sitting, walking, standing, sleeping… doesn’t matter.


Here are the most common symptoms of Sciatica:

• Local, radiating or dull aching pain in lower back, buttocks, feet or legs

• Burning or stabbing sensations along the nerve pathway

• Numbness in feet or toes

• Numbness in legs or buttocks 

• Weakness in legs

HOW DO WE TREAT SCIATICA?

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Sciatica includes many different approaches. These are the main treatment options we use:


• Adjustments – help to realign the spine and open nerve pathways that could be causing you pain.


• Extremity Adjustments – realign areas such as shoulders, knees, feet, wrists, and elbows and correct faulty biomechanics that could be causing you pain.


• Flexion Distraction Decompression – align the spine and decompress the disc(s).


• Acupuncture – an effective way to open up channels and reduce pain, and improve circulation to promote natural healing.


• K-Laser Therapy – Blood flow is the primary mechanism to speed up healing, thus getting more oxygen to the cells. 

Class 4 K-Laser therapy creates more ATP in your body.


• Therapeutic Exercises – to improve flexibility, stability, strength, reduce muscle stiffness, and prevent further injury.