Back Pain and Sciatica

Chiropractors have had fantastic results in treating Sciatica, a common symptom of lower back pain caused by a variety of factors.

Sciatica is characterized by pain running down the back of the leg, resulting from the sciatic nerve becoming trapped or pinched. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back, through the gluteals, and down the back of each leg. Initially, inflammation can worsen the pain, making it severe or debilitating. It typically affects only one side of the body and may cause tingling, numbness, or weakness in the leg. Applying ice, not heat, in the early stages of Sciatica can help reduce inflammation around the nerve.

The aim of chiropractic is to reduce pain, restore movement, and alleviate tension caused by Sciatic Nerve Entrapment.

The most common cause of Sciatic pain is the compression of the nerve root as it exits the spine. In individuals aged 20-50 years, this is often due to a bulge or prolapse of the intervertebral disc in the lumbar spine. In older adults, it can be caused by degeneration and osteoarthritis-related changes. Discs are not the sole cause of Sciatica, as it can also be caused by piriformis syndrome, spinal misalignments, poor posture, awkward sitting, bone disease, or localized injury.

At Hands On Health Care Clinic, we always strive to determine the underlying cause of your injury. We conduct a comprehensive history and examination, including spinal, orthopedic, and neurological examinations. We may also refer you for diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or MRI scans, if necessary, before developing an individualized treatment plan. This plan is specifically tailored to you and the cause of your condition, often including muscle therapy, massage, stretching, dry needling, spinal mobilizations or adjustments, as well as exercises to continue improving at home.

If you are experiencing back pain and Sciatica, please contact us today at 9949 3017

June 1, 2015
Georgina Smith