Sciatica and Chiropractic Care: Breaux Bridge and Lafayette, Louisiana
Sciatica, or sciatic neuritis, is a persistent pain that is felt along the path of the sciatic nerve. It runs down through the lower back, down through the buttock and into the lower leg. It is also the longest and widest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve controls the muscles of the lower leg and provides sensation to the thighs, legs and the bottoms of the feet.
Symptoms of sciatica may include lower back pain, buttock pain, numbness or weakness in various parts of the leg and foot, and a shooting pain making it difficult to walk or stand up. The level of pain varies from person to person – from infrequent and irritating to quite severe and debilitating. Simple movements such as coughing or sneezing lead to excruciating pain for some people dealing with sciatica. Pain from sciatica often begins slowly and intensifies over time. In addition, the pain can become worse due to prolonged sitting, sneezing, coughing, bending or other sudden types of movements.
How is sciatica diagnosed?
In our office, we will begin by taking a complete patient history. We will ask you to describe your pain and to explain when the pain began, and what activities lessen or intensify the pain. Forming a diagnosis will also require a physical and neurological exam, in which we will pay close attention to your spine and legs. We want to see your muscle strength, sensory and reflexes.
Our goal is to get to the root of the problem which means we will also examine your nervous system. We use a special patented form of rehabilitation called Quantum Neurology® that helps the nervous system and aids the body in healing itself.
How Chiropractic Can Help Relieve Sciatica
Chiropractic adjustments are known to provide ready relief. A visit to the chiropractor can also help assess the nature of sciatica, such as misaligned vertebrae or pelvis, and treat it accordingly – resolving the problem at its root.
Sciatica is one of the most common issues people have that causes them to seek out the help of a chiropractor. If you think you may have sciatica, we can help. The first thing to do is common for an initial appointment and let’s get to the bottom of your problem.
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