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Many of our clients at Windmill Health Center suffer from chronic sciatica. If you’re lucky, it goes away after a few treatments. If not, a longer course of chiropractic treatment may be necessary. The pain often ranges from dull to excruciating, from intermittent to constant.
Let the Weston chiropractors at Windmill Health Center bring you relief!
Sciatica refers to pain that originates in the lower back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.
Sciatica is a symptom, not a disorder. The radiating pain of sciatica signals another problem involving the nerve, such as a herniated disc.
The Weston chiropractic doctors at Windmill Health Center have treated many chiropractic patients whose sciatica was the result of a herniated or bulging disc. Sciatica may develop when a nerve root is compressed in your lower (lumbar) spine — often as a result of a herniated disc in your lower back. Discs are pads of cartilage that separate the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. Filled with a gel-like substance, they keep your spine flexible and act as shock absorbers to cushion the vertebrae when you move.
If the outer covering of a disc tears (herniates), gel may seep out and press on a nerve root, causing pain in your back, leg or both. If the damaged disc is in the lower part of your back, you may also experience numbness, tingling or weakness in your buttock, leg or foot.
Many medical doctors will suggest surgery (diskectomy and microdiskectomy) or prescription medications for sciatica. However, potent medications can damage a patient’s liver, kidney or stomach lining. Additionally, surgery is very risky, rehabilitation is long and the success ratio is still low.
Instead, both Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar believe in finding the location of the nerve irritation and relieving the pressure on the nerve through effective chiropractic treatments. This way, your body can heal itself through realigning the vertebrae into their proper place, thus freeing the previous restricted movement of the spinal column.
At Windmill Health Center, we will develop a rehabilitative exercise program focusing on strengthening the abdominal and back muscles in order to give more support for the back. Stretching exercises for sciatica target muscles that cause pain when they are tight and inflexible. When patients engage in a regular program of gentle strengthening and stretching exercises, they can recover more quickly from a flare up of sciatica and can help to prevent future episodes of pain. Ice therapy and heat therapy are also often used for sciatica relief. These sciatica treatments help to reduce inflammation and lessen pain.
At Windmill Health Center, our Weston chiropractors benefit those who need treatment for pain or illness, those seeking peak performance and those who wish to improve or maintain health and vitality. Whether you’re young or old, a weekend warrior or a marathon runner, let the Weston chiropractors at Windmill Health Center speed up your recovery time. After an initial examination and potentially x-rays, we’ll recommend a course of chiropractic treatment that combines the best in kinesiology, physiotherapy, lumbar disc compression, and therapeutic exercises.
The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself – but not always by itself. Let the Weston chiropractors at Windmill Health Center help restore your wellness and well-being.