SCIATICA is caused by the sciatic nerve being compressed or irritated in the lumbar spine or pelvis. This is the largest nerve in the body. It is often caused by a spinal subluxation or misalignment of the vertebrae that causes inflammation, muscle spasms, and over time disc degeneration and osteoarthritis. Chiropractic aims to fix the cause of this condition by nonsurgically removing the nerve interference through chiropractic adjustments. Over time, osteoarthritis can cause bony spurs to form in the foramen, or the hole through which the nerve travels, that also affect the sciatic nerve. This is called spinal stenosis. Chiropractic is very effective for arthritis pain and inflammation. Sciatica can be caused by a bulging or degenerated disc in the spine that puts pressure on the nerve. Often chiropractic can help by relieving the pressure on the disc by reducing inflammation and helping to bring the joint back into a normal motion.
Sciatica can present itself as pain, tingling, or numbness running along the back of glut muscles into the leg, the knee, the calf, or even into the toes. Sciatica can also give muscle weakness and spasms as well. Most of the time, the pain begins in the lower back or glut muscle area, but can begin in the lateral or posterior thigh. It normally runs down one leg, but at times can affect both sides.
Spinal disc decompression is a computerized traction that actually helps heal the disc and creates a vacuum in the disc space for the disc to retract. Many people often wonder if there is a cure for sciatica or how to help reduce the pain of sciatica. It usually takes about 15 to 20 treatments, but spinal disc decompression is effective in over 75% of patients with bulging, herniated, or degenerated discs. We offer this treatment at Pelham Family Chiropractic as well.
Dr. Wheeler has over 20 years of experience treating these conditions. When you come into our office, she will do a thorough evaluation and sometimes even take spinal x rays. If you have MRI reports or films, be sure to bring them in. She will help decide the best course of treatment for your individual case, which includes chiropractic adjustments, decompression therapy, and other therapies such as cold laser, intersegmental traction, or electric muscle stimulation. Chiropractic care is based on finding the cause of your symptoms and pain and treating the cause, not just masking the problem with medicine. We yield great results with treating sciatica. Call us today at (205) 988-9420.