Sciatica

The Sciatic Nerve is one of the largest (at its thickest it has the width of a man’s thumb) and longest nerves in the body which makes it one that a chiropractor Little Falls MN wants to help you protect. Once it exits the spine through small tunnels in the vertebrae, it passes through the hip and buttock muscles on its way down the leg. It providers the connection from the entirety of the skin of the leg, the muscles of the back of the leg and foot, to the brain. It is derived from the nerve roots from the lower lumbar spine (lower back) and as it courses through the leg it splits into the tibial nerve and common peroneal nerve which control the action of the foot and ankle in various ways. Usually, but not always, a chiropractor Little Falls MN sees sciatic be associated with lower back pain, Sciatica can be one of the most common and disabling types of pain. Nearly 40% of people will get it in their lifetime and becomes more prevalent with age. While it can occur with an injury, such as twisting and bending at the same time, it usually has a nontraumatic onset. Because of its size and somewhat precarious placement, the sciatic nerve is prone irritation from misalignments in the spine and pelvis, muscle tightness in the lower back and hips, disc problems, and degenerative changes in the joints.

One of the most common causes of sciatica is a tight Piriformis muscle. The piriformis is a small, deep buttock muscle that is responsible for rotating the hip. The Sciatic Nerve runs very closely to it and in about 15% of the population, the Sciatic Nerve runs through it. Muscle tightness, spasm, or knotting of this muscle is a common irritant to the Sciatic Nerve and is commonly overlooked by a chiropractor Little Falls MN. Another common cause of sciatica are disc problems in the lower back (lumbar spine). When discs are injured they can compress the nerve and cause pain that travels the length of the nerve. Furthermore, even if the disc isn’t directly pinching the nerve, it can still cause an inflammatory response and secondary to that the nerve will feel pain along its way through the leg.

Arthritis can cause the small holes that the Sciatic Nerve exits the spine from to close (a process called stenosis) injuring and irritating the nerve. At Chiro Plus Rehab a chiropractor Little Falls MN does a thorough assessment that checks your spine and pelvis alignment, Sciatic Nerve health, muscle strength and balance, cartilage (spinal discs), tendon, and bone. We do this through non-invasive orthopedic and neurologic testing. While the Sciatic Nerve problems are a common cause of lower back, buttock, and leg pain, they’re not the only cause. Truth is, the Sciatic Nerve is only one of many nerves that course through the leg (such as the Femoral Nerve, the Lateral Cutaneous Nerve, the Superior Cluneal Nerve, and others) and any one of those nerves can cause leg pain. For your leg pain to be eliminated, it’s crucial that the right nerve is found by a chiropractor Little Falls MN and treated otherwise relief will be momentary, at best. When needed, we also take digital x-rays—no less than two images but possible up to four to get a full and accurate view of the spine and pelvis.

The last component to examining Sciatica is this chiropractor Little Falls MN signature Functional Movement Screen which can detect faulty movement habits (like bad sleeping position, or improper positioning while sitting) that is triggering your Sciatica. This part is crucial for one reason: once a nerve gets irritated, like in Sciatica, it becomes easier for that nerve to get irritated again. So while treatment by a chiropractor Little Falls MN can help eliminate the pain, ensuring that you’re not continuously triggering the pain after treatment is arguably even more important and it’s something that we make sure you’ll know as a part of our promise to deliver to you the best possible care experience. This is all to determine the exact cause of your Sciatica, so we know exactly what to do to get you relief.

Associated signs and symptoms of Sciatica:

  • Pain that radiates into the buttocks and down the leg
  • Lower back pain
  • Mild ache to sharp
  • Often described as “burning” or “excruciating”
  • Made worse with standing, sitting, cough, sneeze, etc.
  • Numbness/tingling

 

It used to be that if you suffered from Sciatica you were put on “bed rest” by a chiropractor Little Falls MN. Unfortunately, what was found was that although simply not using the spine could calm down the nerve, the patient was left weaker than before and ripe for re-injury. The standard approach to sciatica is usually a combination or ice/heat, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and maybe physical therapy. At Chiro Plus Rehab we combine adjustments, hands-on muscle therapy, therapeutic exercises and Corrective Movement Therapy as well as passive modalities like Electric Muscle Stimulation to eliminate pain quickly. We then provide you with a self-care program complete with exercises, stretches, and pain-triggers to watch out for along with guidance from your chiropractor Little Falls MN. Why? Because our goal is to provide the most complete physical care experience possible and get you back to life.

 

Don’t let your Sciatica turn you psychotic!

Truth is, we get great results with many conditions, but Sciatica is this chiropractor Little Falls MN specialty. If you’re suffering from Sciatica, don’t wait. Give us a call at 320-632-9224 and schedule your $37 New Patient Special today. Don’t live another day with pain. We can help. Call us!

“My radiating leg pain was interfering with everything. I couldn’t do anything in the garage, stand on cement, and driving was really bad. I’m 100% better now.”

John S.

Little Falls, MN

“My pain was a 10 or more making it hard to walk, sit or stand, and I had NO ENERGY. After treatment, as of today, I have less pain with some days I have no at all and much MORE ENERGY! My life is so much better now.”

Pat O.

*Patient took great care in strictly following the treatment plan prescribed.

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