Sciatica, Pinched Nerve, Radiculopathy
Sciatica, a "pinched nerve", is an extremely painful condition characterized by sharp burning sensations down the back of the leg from the low back. It can be accompanied by severe low back pain, numbness in areas of the leg, or even by weakness in the leg. Sciatica may be totally disabling, can last for months, and may re-occur throughout a person's lifetime.
Sciatica often results from compression due to inflammation upon the area of the nerves that come out between the bones of the low back and go down into the legs. This inflammation is caused by damage to the joints or discs in the back. This damage may be due to a recently occurring accident or injury. Or the damage to the spine may be insidious, occurring when a chronic poor posture has weakened the body's natural structure and the joints are under unusual stress. This is common with Osteoarthritis, weight gain, or if scar tissue has formed after old injuries, and allows the "straw that broke the camels back" incident, where something like picking up a pencil, "throws your back out".
The overwhelming majority of time, Sciatica caused by disc herniation will respond favorably to our unique chiropractic care. Within the first couple visits, you should start to feel relief and will know if it is the right choice for your needs.
How we can help
Chiropractic care should be your first choice for back pain with radiation down into the leg, before you try more invasive procedures. After examination for any contraindications, the doctors at Banic Chiropractic and Massage will provide extremely gentle mobilization and adjustments to the areas of the spine causing your pain. We are experienced in treating Sciatica caused by Disc Herniation and understand exactly how to improve your condition, without aggravating your pain. We feel it is important to exhaust the safer and more cost-effective treatments; chiropractic adjustments, icing, anti-inflammatories, gentle stretching, and distraction traction (decompression), before resorting to more invasive procedures. If these methods do not bring relief, the doctors at Banic Chiropractic Clinic can refer patients to some of the best surgeons in the area.
In a 2000 study, at Northwestern Health Science University, leg symptoms and low back pain improved by 50% and 84% respectively with chiropractic treatment. In a study from the Royal University Hospital in Canada, of the 59 patients who received chiropractic care, 90% reported improvement in low back pain and radiating leg pain. Seventy-five percent of those individuals had significantly increased range of motion. In light of these and many other studies, it only makes sense to try conservative care before drugs, injections, or surgery.