ciatica literally means leg pain, and is the term given when low back problems cause pain in the leg. There can be many factors that cause sciatica so further diagnosis is needed. Sciatica can be a sharp pain, a dull ache, a shooting pain or pins and needles.
What causes Sciatica?
The low back has nerves exiting to the right and left leg. The longest and largest single nerve in the body is known as the Sciatic nerve. This runs down the back of each leg from the back so problems in the lower back can cause pain from the buttock all the way down to the toes.
Sciatica can come from a disc protrusion (slipped disc) in the lower back pressing on the nerve. It can be caused by referred pain from the joints, ligament and muscles in the lower back. Very tight buttock muscles, joint and muscle problems in the spine or pelvis can also cause sciatica. Through testing the cause can be found and the correct treatment recommended.
How can chiropractic help?
Chiropractors are trained in diagnosing the cause of the pain using many tests to find the problem so we can treat it. Chiropractors use small force movements known as adjustments to the back along with muscle relaxing techniques to treat the problem. By making the spine move properly and exercising the muscles that support the spine many conditions can be improved.
To help find the cause we offer:
- A Private Consultation with the Doctor of Chiropractic
- A Thorough Examination including Neurological, Orthopaedic & Blood Pressure Tests
- X-Rays, if necessary
- A Verbal Report of our Findings and thorough Explanation of the X-Rays
After which you should know more about your body and the problems you are experiencing than you ever have before. Whether you go ahead with treatment, as always, is entirely your decision.
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