Sciatica Relief from Your Chiropractor in Klamath Falls OR
Two characteristics of sciatica often surprise our Advanced Chiropractic patients. The first is the degree to which associated nerve pain varies in terms of frequency, intensity, and duration. The second is the myth that sciatica is a particular disorder accompanied by a specific diagnosis. Fortunately, our chiropractor offers only natural therapies that help patients in the Klamath Falls OR area manage sciatic symptoms.
Overview of Sciatica
Sciatica is actually a composite of symptoms of a medical condition. Pain occurs with compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve near its point of origin. This nerve is the largest in the body. It forms where spinal nerve roots conjoin. Its path is down the buttock, then down the back of the associated leg. Branches eventually reach the foot and the toes.
The most common causes of sciatic pain include:
- Lumbar herniated discs
- Degenerative discs
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome
- Dysfunction of the sacroiliac joint
Additional possibilities are pregnancy, fracture of vertebrae, scar tissue, infections, muscle strains, spinal tumors, and ankylosing spondylitis.
The best way to view sciatica is as a collection of symptoms. Discomfort most often originates in the patient’s lower back, then travels down the associated leg. Typical symptoms include:
- Lower back or buttock pain that moves along the nerve’s path
- Pain in one or more toes
- Severe or shooting pain that makes it hard to walk or stand
- Tingling or prickling in the leg, weakness, or numbness
- Increased pain when sitting or standing
- Lower-back pain, less severe than leg pain
- Numbness or weakness when moving a foot or a leg
- Constant pain in the buttock or leg, usually on one side of the body
- Searing instead of dull pain
Chiropractic Treatment of Sciatica
Chiropractic helps the body heal itself. The underlying principle is that pain and impaired function result from restricted movement of the spine. Our chiropractor provides only treatments that avoid surgery and medication.
What causes a case of sciatica determines the appropriate therapy. Many treatment plans include a combination. The most common include:
- Ice/cold therapy to lower inflammation and control pain
- Ultrasound to boost circulation and reduce muscle spasms, swelling, pain, stiffness, and cramping
- Electrical nerve stimulation to reduce muscle spasms and control pain
- Adjustments, also called spinal manipulation, to correct misaligned vertebral bodies and reduce symptoms
Schedule a Consultation with Our Klamath Falls Chiropractor
Our Klamath Falls OR chiropractor, Dr. James Yewchuk, follows a whole-person approach in helping our Advanced Chiropractic patients improve their overall health and wellness. Be sure to call us today at (541) 273-5433 to find out more about our services, schedule a consultation, and get back the lifestyle of your choice.