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Treatment for Sciatica / Lumbar Radiculopathy

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica TreatmentTreatment for Lumbar Radiculapathy

Our Spokane Valley Chiropractic clinic gets amazing results when it comes to helping our patients find relief from Sciatic Nerve Pain, also known as Lumbar Radiculopathy. That shooting, burning, electrical feeling pain that starts in the low back and buttocks and shoots through the hip, down the leg and foot can be brutally unbearable. Patients say it’s like a muscle spasm. Some feel it more while sitting and some feel it more often when standing but one thing is for sure, Sciatica is no fun for anyone.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica, also refereed to as Lumbar Radiulopathy is pain that runs the length of the Sciatic Nerve. The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the human body, extending from the bottom of the spinal cord through the back of the thigh and dividing above the knee joint. Irritation to the sciatic nerve can lead to pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower extremity or legs. This is called sciatica.  Normally, sciatica affects just one side of the body.  The pain can vary from a burning sensation, mild ache or sharp painful sensation. Some patients may even experience muscle weakness, tingling or numbness in their leg or foot.  If left untreated, Sciatic Nerve Irritation can lead to muscle wasting of the leg, numbness, and constant tingling down to the tip of the toes and eventually even loss of bladder control and sexual dysfunction. The intense pain can rapidly wear you down and drain the joy out of life. 

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What causes of Sciatic Nerve Pain or Lumbar Radiculopathy? 

The most common cause of Lumbar Radiculopathy also known as Sciatica is a herniated or bulging disk pressing on the sciatic nerve.  Many people living with herniated discs do so unknowingly, and continue to live pain free life.  However, when a disk protrudes enough to irritate the Sciatic nerve, it can cause mild to intense pain along the sciatic pathway.

Pinched nerves can occur from a sudden injury or from everyday daily activities.  Spinal stenosis is another root cause of sciatica.  Spinal stenosis causes nerve passageways to constrict and is most common in elderly patients.  Pregnancy may also lead to sciatic irritation.  It is most common in the second and third trimesters when the growing baby puts additional pressure on the sciatic nerve. In general, prolonged sitting or sudden movements such as a cough or sneeze can aggravate sciatic pain.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment

The first step to diagnosing sciatica is paying a visit to our Spokane Valley Chiropractic office River City Chiropractic and seeing our spinal care team for a FREE Consultation to site down and determine if we can help you and if you are a candidate for care in our Spokane Valley Chiropractic office. If the consultation goes well and you choose to move forward with care, we will proceed with a complete medical history, full exam, any orthopedic or neurological testing needed and x-rays followed by our new, cutting edge Motion Study X-Ray Analysis. Our head Spokane Valley Chiropractor, Dr. Brian Wickstrom will review all of the information and put together a plan to treat your Sciatica, also known as Lumbar Radiculopathy, that will be safe, gentle and effective for long term pain relief.

Treatment may involve lifestyle modifications, including diet changes, an assessment of daily movements to restrict or avoid altogether. Physical therapy exercises to help strengthen the surrounding areas, relieving pressure from the sciatic nerve, regular spinal adjustments or one or more of the many other therapies, services, or treatments we offer at our Spokane Chiropractic office. Our services have helped so many of our Spokane valley neighbors and we would love to be able to help you find pain relief too!

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