Treatment for leg pain (sciatica)
Treatment of leg pain (sciatica)
One of the more common conditions treated by chiropractic physicians is pain that runs down the back of the leg. This condition is called sciatica. Sciatica refers to the large sciatic nerve that starts in the low back and goes all the way to the toes. There are several conditions that can create pain in this nerve.
The most common way the sciatic nerve becomes painful is pressure put on the nerve were it comes out of the spine in the low back. Pressure may be do to swelling in the connective tissue, malposition of the vertebrae causing the opening were the nerve comes out to shrink or even a bulging disc that pinches the nerve. Sacro iliac or SI joint problems as well as tight muscles in the gluteal area (piriformis syndrome) can also irritate the sciatic nerve and cause pain to radiate into the leg. There are also some vascular and pathological causes of leg pain that are far less common. It can sometimes be a little tricky to determine what is the source of your leg pain. The good news is that chiropractors are highly trained to make this diagnosis and determine the proper coarse of treatment.
When a patient with leg pain comes into New Life the first thing we do is a thorough consultation to determine what part of the leg is involved, severity and frequency of pain, what aggravates, what relieves, when was the onset, ect. These details tell the story and greatly help find the problem. After doing this bit of detective work we do an exam.
The exam is also designed to help isolate your particular sources of pain. We perform a detailed physical, neurological and orthopedic exam as well as x-rays. When the exam is complete we determine the cause and essential treatment for your leg pain. Having seen hundreds of new back and leg pain cases a year for twenty years I believe I truly qualify as an expert.
At the consultation we explain what we intend to do to make your pain go away. Options include chiropractic adjustments, massage, therapies, exercise and even dietary and herbal remedies. We like to cover all the bases. Schedule today!