Sciatic Nerve Pain
The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. It goes from the lower lumber/lower back region all the way down to the tip of the toe. Sciatica is a term used to describe the pain from the sciatic nerve. Common symptoms of sciatic nerve pain include numbness, tingling, burning, sharp pain sensations down the leg.
Causes of Sciatica
The most common cause of sciatica is some sort of alignment or structural issue in the lower back which is termed as a subluxation. It’s essentially a misalignment of the spine that puts pressure on the nerve and nervous system. This misalignment puts pressure on the nerve and those nerve roots travel all the way down into the legs so that can problems wherever the nerve travels.
The sciatic nerve also passes through a muscle called the piriformis muscle. Another potential cause for sciatica is when this muscle becomes tight and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Causes of piriformis muscle tightness include sports injuries, falls, auto accidents and sitting at a desk too long.
Treating Sciatica at Gardner Family Chiropractic
Each individual’s case is different, so an exact treatment protocol for each patient varies dependent upon the results found during their initial exam. Common therapies employed by Dr. Gardner include Ice/Cold therapy to reduce inflammation and spinal adjustments. Spinal adjustments free restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustment helps to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica.
I highly recommend Dr. Gardner!! First chiropractor I have had that not only gives you a solid plan, but educates you along the way. Since coming, my pain has decreased tremendously. The staff is very welcoming!