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When you first experienced the symptoms of sciatica, you may not have realized what was happening. Sciatica can cause not only standard pain like you are used to but also unfamiliar sensations related to nerve pain such as numbness, tingling, burning, the feeling of similar to an electric shock traveling down your leg. It can be surprising, to say the least. But after you are forced to deal with it for an extended period, the novelty quickly wears off, and you are left with a very uncomfortable, and sometimes debilitating, condition.
At Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, we treat patients with sciatica from all walks of life. From construction workers to office employees, young people to the elderly, we provide effective treatments that can help minimize and sometimes eliminate your pain. We are here to get you back to doing the things you love, as quickly as possible.
The sciatic nerve is located right above the buttocks, then travels down into the lower extremities. When the nerve becomes compressed, it can lead to pain, numbness, shocks and other unpleasant sensations in one leg or both legs. The compression can be caused by tight muscles, misalignment of the spine resulting in a herniated disc, or from a condition called spondylolisthesis.
If you are suffering from sciatica, you may feel one or more of the following:
There are several different ways we can treat your sciatica, depending on the underlying cause. It is important to get a full exam from a qualified chiropractor to determine what is causing the pain your are experiencing. The more clearly we understand the cause, the easier it will be to treat the condition.
Some of the treatments available include:
Adjustments, also referred to as spinal manipulation, involves gentle but firm pressure at specific angles to realign your spine. Often the pressure that is being placed on your sciatic nerve is the result of misalignment of the spine, which is why adjustments can be so helpful. Many patients experience some relief after just one adjustment. Regular adjustments, combined with complementary therapies like massage, can provide ongoing relief.
Whether your sciatica is the result of tight muscles or misalignment, massage therapy can do a lot to relieve tension in your body and relax the muscles. Massage therapy can also help improve the results of your adjustments.
If you are suffering from sciatica, or you are experiencing symptoms that you believe are related to sciatica, we encourage you to contact us and schedule an appointment. Our team is standing by to give you much needed relief. Call 757.547.4325 today!