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WHAT IS SCIATICA?
 
Sciatica is a term used to describe a number of symptoms resulting from a pinched sciatic nerve. Some symptoms may include pain in the hip or buttocks with numbness, tingling, cramping, burning or weakness in the leg or foot. Sometimes Sciatica can be mistaken for a herniated disc, arthritis, or muscle spasms because their symptoms are so similar. However, unlike these other conditions, sciatic pain is centered around the hip or hamstrings, and rarely causes low back pain.
 

WHAT CAUSES SCIATICA?

 
The main cause of sciatica is cramping or spasm of the piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis muscle. When the piriformis muscle spasms, it can pinch the sciatic nerve, causing hip or buttock pain. This condition is also known as piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle is very susceptible to spasms after falls, leg surgeries, hip arthritis, or having one leg shorter than the other.  

WILL SCIATICA GO AWAY WITH TIME?


Most people find that sciatica comes and goes over time. However, if arthritis or differences in leg lengths are present, then the frequency, intensity and duration of sciatic episodes may increase. In mild to moderate cases of Sciatica, oral or injected medication may be prescribed to help inflammation and pain. Medication may provide only partial or temporary relief, so other treatment options should also be considered.
 
Physical therapy is also prescribed for hip pain. When done with the proper exercises this may provide beneficial results.

HOW WE MAY HELP

 
At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will conduct an examination to determine if your symptoms are related to Sciatica. Our primary goals are to 1) Diagnose the underlying cause of your condition 2) offer natural treatment options that address both the cause and symptoms of Sciatica, and 3) educate patients on ways to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Specifically, we utilize a combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative medicine which may improve your condition without the use of drugs or surgery. A procedure that is used in the treatment of sciatica is called Myofascial Release Technique (MRT). This treatment is used to help relax shortened overworked muscles that are irritating nerves. We also apply chiropractic adjustments to joints that have lost their normal mobility. Adjustments may help improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation, thus, allowing injured areas to heal better. Personalized exercises specific to your condition will be prescribed as part of your continued therapy. They help strengthen and support weak areas and are designed to be done comfortably at home. During treatment we will advise you on developing healthy lifestyle habits and avoiding activities that may be aggravate your condition. As treatment progresses, your condition will be closely monitored with regular progress reports and periodic re-evaluations.