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Those bizarre pains and other sensations running down your leg and into your foot may signal a common complaint known as sciatica. This problem, which stems from sciatic nerve compression, can cause either constant or recurring misery until you get the underlying cause treated. The good news is that you don't necessarily need major surgery to take the pressure off of the afflicted nerve tissue because our Lexington chiropractor, Dr. Kirby, can provide you with natural, non-invasive sciatica treatment methods.
Sciatica is best described as a syndrome, collection symptoms all related to the same underlying cause. Classic sciatica occurs when spinal structures press against the nerve roots that connect the sciatic nerve to the spinal cord. The sciatic nerve is the single largest and thickest nerve in the body, relaying all the nerve signals sent and received by the smaller nerves of the leg and foot. Impingement of its major nerve roots can cause a variety of strange, uncomfortable, even debilitating symptoms. Pain down the back of the leg, which may grow more severe when you're sitting down, is the most notorious symptom. You may also experience loss of sensation, tingling ("pins and needles"), pain, or muscle weakness in the buttock or foot. Low back pain sometimes accompanies these discomforts.
A number of problems can cause sciatic nerve root impingement. For instance, if you experience an acute back injury, your vertebral alignment may be thrown out of balance in a manner that pinches the nerve tissue. Herniated lumbar discs can cause not only compression but also irritation from the highly inflammatory inner substances that protrude from it. More commonly, age-related spinal changes such as bulging discs or spinal stenosis cause nerve root impingement. Even poor posture and/or weak back muscles can promote sciatica.
Sciatica may seem to disappear, only to keep returning because the underlying cause hasn't been dealt with. If you need non-surgical sciatica treatment in Lexington, then you need ChiroWorks Pain & Injury Treatment Center. Our chiropractor in Lexington can perform a thorough diagnostic evaluation to determine exactly why you're suffering from these symptoms and which sciatic nerve tissues are affected. Dr. Kirby can then make chiropractic adjustments to shift a herniated disc, bulging disc or other errant structure away from those sensitive nerve roots, relieving your leg pain and other odd symptoms.
Once you're feeling better, we'll help you maintain your quality of life. Our chiropractor in Lexington may recommend periodic spinal screenings to make sure your spinal column is still in line. You may also benefit from corrective exercises to strengthen your lower back muscles and/or lifestyle suggestions to help you avoid lumbar injuries.
Don't let sciatica set limits on your ability to participate in life. Take the first step toward feeling better by calling ChiroWorks Pain & Injury Treatment Center at 859-543-0252 for more information on sciatica and to schedule an appointment today!