Sciatica is a common condition where the sciatic nerve in the low back/pevlis gets compressed and irritated often causing severe pain and numbness in the buttock, thigh, calf, and often the foot.
A common cause of Sciatica is a disc bulge or herniation which pinches directly on the nerve. To help remove this nerve irritation, we use a combination of traction therapies and gentle chiropractic adjustments including Cox Technique. The goal is to gently move the disc (or bone spur) off of the nerve to alleviate the leg pain.
“Clinically, 80% of the patients studied had a positive clinical outcome and resolution of abnormal clinical examination findings. Anatomically, after repeat MRI scans, 63% of the patients studied revealed a reduced size or completely resorbed disc herniation.”
Another helpful approach is to use the McKenzie protocol and its associated exercises. This method involves screening the patient for a position of relief and then implementing a home exercise program to help reduce or “centralize” the leg and foot symptoms. This complements Chiropractic treatment well and helps you fix your back and leg pain.
The Cox Technique has been used to treat disc herniations for over 30 years.
Sciatica can also be caused from a combination of sacro-iliac joint dysfunction (misalignment) and resulting contraction of the posterior hip muscles. This is called Piriformis Syndrome and can mimic a disc herniation. This is often caused by simple things such as sitting on a wallet or sitting with your leg crossed. Chiropractic treatment combined with muscle release therapies and stretching of the piriformis muscle can often provide rapid relief. This is used in conjunction with specific home exercises and ergonomic recommendations.
At Spinal and Sports Care, we also use Decompression Therapy to give the disc more traction, which can often completely eliminate the leg symptoms.
Citation: Eliyahu, B. (n.d.). Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: Study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Retrieved from http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/8976479
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