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Posted on 09-12-2017
Sciatica is another name for pain in the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body and extends from the lower back, through the buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet. When the nerve is pinched it is unable to function as it should, and the result is a pain, weakness, and tingling in a single leg which often extends down to the foot.
At Tricounty Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Pottstown, PA, sciatica pain and discomfort is one of the most common ailments we treat.
Sciatica is actually a symptom rather than a condition. It refers to leg pain caused by a pinched sciatic nerve that comes from a herniated or slipped disc. While the pain starts in the back and radiates down the leg, the vast majority of the pain is normally felt in the leg.
Aside from having pain, weakness, or tingling in one side of the lower back that extends down the back of the leg, a person with a pinched sciatic nerve may also have some trouble with bladder and/or bowel control and will likely have trouble activating the pain at will, for example by applying pressure to a specified spot.
Sciatica can be caused by a specific injury or can be a result of aging. Spinal conditions that often cause sciatic nerve pain include herniated or bulging discs, misaligned vertebrae, tumors, pregnancy, and childbirth. Nonspinal conditions, such as diabetes and constipation can play a role as well.
The exact treatment for sciatica depends largely on the cause. At Tricounty Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Pottsdam, PA, we assess every patient before a treatment plan is recommended. In order to make a diagnosis, we ask several questions about the patient's medical history and lifestyle and apply various forms of diagnostic testing including x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and/or electrodiagnostic testing.
Once it is determined what is most likely causing the pain and/or weakness, we will put together a plan composed of a customized balance of ice/cold therapy, electrical nerve stimulation, and spinal adjustments. When treatment is necessary beyond the chiropractic scope, or if the patient chooses to consult another medical professional during treatment, we work closely with that person in order to assure that each patient is getting the treatment they need and deserve.
Once sciatica symptoms are under control, we also discuss with patients different adjustments that they might make in their lives in order to manage stress, and incorporate a healthy nutrition and exercise plan into their lives to limit reoccurrence of the same sort of discomfort,
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