Sciatica is pain that’s associated with an underlying condition. This pain affects the sciatic nerve that extends from the lower back and reaches down the legs. Patients with sciatica usually only have pain and other symptoms on one side of the body rather than both. Sciatica pain typically starts in the lower back and goes through the flank and down the leg on the affected side. Some patients have a dull ache with sciatica, while others have sudden, more severe pain that comes and goes. Other symptoms include tingling or numbness.
Several spinal problems can put too much pressure on the sciatic nerve, which causes inflammation. Dr. Knecht evaluates each patient to find out what’s causing this added pressure. Common causes of sciatica include herniated discs, bone spurs, and bulging discs. Other causes, which are rarer, include spinal damage associated with diabetes or another underlying condition and tumors.
Certain risk factors lead to a higher risk of having sciatica. These include older patients with age-related spinal problems, patients who sit most of the time, and patients who are obese. Other risk factors include having a job that puts extra strain on the back and having diabetes, which raises the risk of damage to the nerves in the back. Dr. Knecht takes these factors into consideration when evaluating patients with sciatica.
Dr. Knecht examines the muscles and reflexes in the affected area to determine how severe sciatica pain is. To find out what’s causing sciatica, he might do imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. These imaging tests provide detailed views of tissue and other parts of the affected area. Dr. Knecht might also do an electromyography test that can help diagnose herniated discs or spinal stenosis.
Dr. Knecht provides chiropractic care to relieve symptoms of sciatica. Traditional types of treatment include medications for easing pain, physical therapy, and self-care measures. However, these measures don’t always offer enough relief. Chiropractic care realigns the spine, which helps relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. These spinal adjustments also promote healing by allowing nutrients and oxygen to get to damaged discs more easily.
For more information on chiropractic treatment for sciatica, please contact Knecht Chiropractic Clinic.
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