If your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, the condition is called sciatica(pronounced si-ad-i-ka). The pain can be intense! It often follows the path of your nerve down the back of your legs and thighs, ankle, foot and toes, but it can also radiate to your back. Along with burning, sharp pains, you may also feel nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, prickling, crawling sensations, or tenderness. Ironically, your leg may also feel numb.
To complicate matters, although sciatica pain is usually in the back of the legs or thighs, in some people it can be in the front or the side of the legs, or even in the hips. For some, the pain is in both legs – bilateral sciatica!
The quality of pain may vary. There may be constant throbbing, but then it may let up for hours or even days. It may ache or be knife-like. Sometimes postural changes, like lying down or changing positions, affect the pain, and sometimes they don’t. In severe cases, sciatica can cause a loss of reflexes or even a wasting of your calf muscles.
For sciatica sufferers, a good night’s sleep may be a thing of the past. Simple things like walking, sitting, or standing up can be difficult or impossible.
“I have felt better in the last few months than I have felt for in a very long time. My energy is consistantly increasing. My back feels wonderful and I no longer have to take nightly hot tubs to relax before going to sleep! ” -Lisa M-
We take a different approach to the treatment and prevention of sciatica. After a thorough neurological examination and a metabolic workup, we determine which part of the nervous system is not functioning properly. In many sciatica patients we may find either a brain that is overfiring (working too hard), underfiring (not working enough),or too much or too little nutrients getting to the brain and the rest of the body or both.
No matter what the condition, it is imperative that the chiropractic neurologist performs a thorough and comprehensive exam to determine the exact nature of the patient’s condition.
For more information or to see if you might be a candidate for these breakthrough treatment programs give us a call at 541-389-3072 to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation.