There are Three Main Causes of Sciatica:
1. Because the sciatic nerve originates in the low back, one cause is impingement or pressure on one of the nerves forming (or contributing to) the sciatic nerve. Such nerve impingement can be from a mispositioned bone in your lower back or from a bulging disc.
2. A second location where the sciatic nerve can be irritated is in the pelvis at the sacroiliac joint. If you have ever fallen on your hip or pelvis; if you have ever broken a leg bone or had a major foot, ankle, knee or hip joint injury or surgery; if you have a muscle imbalance from performing a particular sport or activity – you may have a rotated pelvis which stresses a sacroiliac joint, and from there the sciatic nerve that runs right in front of it.
3. The third location where pressure can be put on the sciatic nerve is in the buttocks. There are many muscles located there and the sciatic nerve passes underneath these muscles- at least they are supposed to. In some unlucky people the sciatic nerve passes through a muscle called the piriformis muscle. So, if it contracts, it can actually pinch or ‘scissor’ the sciatic nerve. Simple actions such as pressing on the gas pedal while driving, can cause this muscle to contract thereby pressing on the sciatic nerve.
Getting Treated in Augusta, GA
The goal of chiropractic treatment for sciatica is to find where the pressure on the sciatic nerve is, and remove it. The Chiropractic adjustments provided by an experienced chiropractor in Augusta GA at Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic can reduce pressure from vertebral misalignments and spinal degeneration. These adjustments also help to reduce pressure from disc bulges. A recent article on livestrong.com stated that sciatica is one of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic treatment. Exercises and stretching the sciatic nerve are very important, however the most effective way to address sciatica and get relief is through chiropractic care. We have successfully helped many patients with their sciatic conditions, and welcome the opportunity to show you how we can help. You can use our online form or call our office at (706) 814-5053 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
A Patient’s Story: Success from Sciatica
Donna was suffering from sciatica, a condition where there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve, causing pain or tingling in the leg. When Donna’s sciatica didn’t go away on its own, she decided to come in and see Dr. Huntsman.
With targeted, condition-specific treatments, Dr. Huntsman was able to get Donna to her pre-pain condition. Donna is now able to resume her favorite activities, such as long walks.
“I was suffering with leg pain last February before I came in to see Dr. Huntsman. The leg pain was making it difficult for me to do normal activity.
Now since starting care, my leg pain is gone. I’ve noticed unexpected changes too. I’m sleeping better, I’m able to move around much better, and I’m back to taking long walks.
My treatment with Dr. Huntsman has changed my view on chiropractic. I would definitely recommend the clinic. My situation has improved so much. I no longer have the pain in my leg and I feel I’m improving on a daily basis. Dr. Huntsman is the best.“
The Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog is written by Dr. Mark Huntsman.
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