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Sciatica

The vertebra in your spine are separated by a disc which provides shock absorption and protection. The disc is composed of a soft jello center called the nucleus surrounded by a strong ring of cartilage called the annulus fibrosus.

Lifestyle, accidents and injuries can alter the alignment of the spinal structure. Under these situations, the outer ring can become damaged and cause a leak or bulge of the inner contents of the nucleus which is also known as a slipped disc. When this happens in the lower back, the bulge will begin to press on the nerves as they exit the spine either directly or from inflammation of the surrounding tissue. This will lead to the patient experiencing nerve pain shooting into the buttocks and leg. This is called sciatica. If the pressure on the nerve persists for long enough, the patient can develop numbness and weakness in the leg.

Patients typically experience low back pain and muscle spasm in addition to the leg pain. The symptoms often occur very suddenly but is not always attached to a particular accident. Most of the time, it’s a small movement that triggers the pain such as bending over to tie a shoe.

Typical treatment includes:

  • Traditional Chiropractic
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain Medication
  • Epidural Injections
  • Spinal Surgery

How We Approach This Condition

Our structural based care is directed at improving the structural shifts in the spine which will reduce the compensations that were contributing to the wear, tear and weakness of the spine and disc. We aim to not only reduce the pressure and irritation on the nerve but also strengthen your spine in a healthy position.

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