Lower back pain and leg pain are two telltale signs of sciatica also called lumbar radiculopathy. However, a proper diagnosis by our chiropractor in Newtown, PA can help confirm or rule out this debilitating condition. Chiropractic care provides effective relief based on the results seen in patients we have treated at Makefield Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
What is Sciatica?
The term is used to describe leg pain and pinched nerve symptoms that develop from pressure on the sciatic nerves in the lower back spine. The two nerves form at the nerve root and extend downward to the hips, buttocks, thighs, legs, and feet. One nerve is affected in most cases.
What Causes It?
Pressure on the nerve can result from direct compression or inflammation caused by a ruptured or extruded lumbar disc. Aging, degenerative disc disease, back injury, spinal changes, and lifestyle are common factors that contribute to nerve compression. For example:
- Lower back strain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Misaligned spine from poor posture
- Narrowing of the spinal canal
- Spondylolisthesis (shifting of a vertebra)
- Excess pressure on the spine from obesity, pregnancy, or prolonged sitting
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms depend on which nerve root is affected but typically include lower back pain or leg pain that can be sharp, burning, or electric-like in nature. You may also feel pain in the hip, buttock, back of the thigh, or foot on one side of your body. Other symptoms include:
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness anywhere along the path of the nerve
- Pain that gets better or worse when you change positions, bend forward, sit, or stand
Get Natural Relief from Our Sciatica Chiropractor in Newtown, PA
Dr. Thomas Sangiorgio will conduct a physical exam and do a comprehensive spinal assessment to get to the root cause of your symptoms. He will recommend the appropriate treatment based on the results. Treatment options for sciatic nerve pain include:
- Spinal Manipulation/Adjustments: Gentle hand motions are used to move misalignment joints, bones, and soft tissue into alignment. This helps lift the pressure off the nerve and discs, reduce pain and inflammation, and restore nervous system function.
- Decompression Therapy: Effective for lower back pain and leg pain associated with conditions that cause nerve irritation or compression. Distractive force is used to gently stretch the spine. This helps move the disc back to its normal position and relieve the pressure on the nerve.
- Active Therapeutic Movement (ATM): Uses belts around the lower back to create resistance that helps alleviate low back pain.
- Laser Therapy: Deep Tissue Laser Therapy involves a Class 4 laser that can reduce your inflammation, increase your blood flow, and accelerate healing in damaged tissues.
Massage therapy and rehabilitative exercises are adjunct treatments that accelerate healing, strengthen the muscles, and increase flexibility.
Call to Request an Appointment
The treatment modalities provided by our chiropractor in Newtown, PA, can help you return to an active lifestyle. Schedule a consultation at Makefield Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Call 215-860-9660 today.