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Does your leg give out on you when you move from a sitting to standing position or out of nowhere when you are walking around? You may be experiencing sciatica. For many, sciatic nerve pain can be debilitating and interfere with daily activities, on the job activities and sports. Our Willow Bend team provides chiropractic care to help you become sciatic pain-free.
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes impinged or trapped between the L4, L5 and/or S1 vertebrae. The sciatic nerve is the widest and longest nerve in the body. This nerve is responsible for controlling muscles in the lower leg as well as sensations to the lower foot including the toes. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc at the L4/L5/S1 level. This issue may be acute or can become chronic when left untreated.
Sciatica can be differentiated from lower back pain and has its own set of unique signs and symptoms. Sciatica does not always simply pertain to issues in the lower back and in fact, many people that experience sciatic pain do not even feel pain in the lower back. Phantom sciatic pain may mimic signs and symptoms of sciatica, but is not true sciatica. Our exam will determine and rule out other sources of low back pain when evaluating your potential sciatic issue.
Because of the route the sciatic nerve takes, signs and symptoms in addition to localized low back pain may include continued, uni-lateral pain that seems centered in the glutes and travels down the leg. Rarely is sciatic pain bi-lateral. Sciatic pain is often characterized by feeling sharp, not dull and described as a pins and needles sensation throughout the glutes, leg and into the toes. Numbness and tingling may even be experienced into the lower leg and into the toes. In some cases, pain is felt in the foot.
Our Plano chiropractor finds that complimentary treatment for sciatica most often offers the best results for patients. We use a combination of traditional adjustments, decompression, massage therapy and therapeutic exercises to treat sciatica.
To alleviate a herniated disc we often use spinal decompression. Spinal decompression uses a decompressive force that is applied to the affected areas. You will lie face down on a table where we use this technique to create space between vertebrae alleviating pressure and herniation.
Massage therapy can help both acute and chronic sciatic issues. Massage in Plano can help reduce pain you may be experiencing along the sciatic nerve route as well as help our chiropractor in Plano offer adjustments with more ease. Massage therapy helps improve vertebral cooperation with associated structures such as muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Our Plano team looks forward to offering chiropractic care for your sciatic nerve and wellness needs. Call us today at 972-608-4411 to learn more and to set an appointment for chiropractic care.