Suffering from sciatica in Shakopee, MN?
Sciatica is a condition where the major nerve of your lower limb has been entrapped, inflamed, or compressed by an improper structure along its pathway. Think of your nerves as highways. Along the route of a highway you can have road blocks and accidents that bring traffic to a screeching halt.
Similarly, the sciatic nerve travels from within your spine, out through these little tunnels (intervertebral foramen) and down each of your legs. During this route, the nerve has to pass by your spinal discs (bulges and herniation can cause sciatica), pierces through your gluteal muscles (another source of entrapment), down your hamstring, and splits into different areas down the rest of your leg. As you can imagine, there are multiple causes for sciatic pain. You need a qualified chiropractic physician to asses what’s causing the pain.
Risk factors can include:
- Trauma, Injury, Falls
- Auto Accidents
- Poor posture
- Office jobs requiring prolonged sitting
- Chronically tight hip flexors
- Weak abdominal muscles
- “Wear and Tear” micro-trauma from sitting and lying supine
- Sports injuries
- Can increase with age & being less active
- High blood pressure
- Overweight or Obesity
- Inflammatory Conditions
Signs & Symptoms:
- Radiating pain, burning, tingling, and/or numbness extending from the back or hips down to the lower legs
- Lower leg muscle weakness
- Radiating pain accompanied with clumsiness, poor balance, or lack of sensation
- Increased pain when sneezing, coughing, or “bearing down” to use the restroom
Chiropractic approach to sciatica
The most important step in treating sciatica is finding the root cause. This is what our Chiropractic clinic does best. Is it a disc bulge? Herniation? Stenosis? Piriformis entrapment? Tibial/peroneal entrapment? These are the questions that determine a case and what we help discover. Once a cause is found, the doctor will tailor a care plan that fits you specifically. It may include chiropractic adjustments, exercise rehabilitation, soft tissue therapy and/or other advanced methods to improve your quality of life. All of our procedures are safe, non-invasive, and effective. We believe the first step in spinal care should be a conservative one.