- Do you suffer from lower back pain that radiates down your leg?
- Did you know that this type of pain indicates that another underlying condition exists?
Sciatica, a potentially very painful condition, is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that extends from the lower back down the back of each leg. Sciatica occurs when the nerve is irritated or pinched, usually caused by a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms, and even pregnancy. Additionally, some actions that patients take could have an effect on the level of pain, such as not exercising regularly, being overweight, sleeping on beds that are too soft, or wearing high heels.
Based on the location of the pinched nerve, pain varies in levels from infrequent to constant to nearly incapacitating. Common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Pain that is worse when sitting
- Burning or tingling down the leg (rather than a dull ache)
- Pain in only one side of the rear or leg (rarely in both legs)
- Weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg, foot, or toes
- Shooting or sharp pain that makes it difficult to stand or walk
Be aware: These types of pain are not normal and must be diagnosed. Chiropractic care has had much success in treating sciatica. In fact, studies have shown that most patients who have not had success with medical management have benefited from chiropractic manipulation.
At MG Chiropractic, Dr. Mason Greenslade incorporates one or both of the following techniques, as applicable to the patient, to begin alleviating sciatica pain:
- Instrument adjustment, or Advanced Certified Activator, is a technique that employs a small device to touch, manipulate, and impact joints and the spine to take pressure off of the sciatic nerve. This seemingly simple tool is able to provide incredible relief.
- The Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT) focuses on removing tension and helping issues related to back pain, hip pain, and sciatica. SOT uses padded blocks placed in strategic locations under the patient’s body to allow a person’s own bodyweight to help adjust and correct the affected area.
Whichever technique is used, patients will begin to feel relief from sciatica pain as quickly as possible!
Are you ready for the end of your sciatica? Call MG Chiropractic, part of Natural Rhythms Integrative Medicine, at (206) 257-4022 or schedule an appointment online.