Sciatica Pain Treatment in Bel Air, MD
Do I have Sciatica?
Sciatica pain can vary greatly, ranging from mild tingling, dull aching, to a burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to make a person unable to move.
The pain most often occurs on one side. Some people have sharp pain in one part of the leg or hip and numbness in other areas or the leg. The pain or numbness may also be felt on the back of the calf or on the sole of the foot. Leg weakness may also occur. Although the pain often starts slowly, it can worsen after standing or sitting, at night, while sneezing, coughing, or laughing, or even while walking.
This Sciatic pain can be caused by pregnancy.
How is Sciatica Treated?
The first step of effective sciatica treatment is proper diagnosis. Our chiropractors will perform a thorough exam with orthopedic and neurological tests. It is important to know that sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own. We first find that additional medical condition.
Typical sciatica treatment starts with reducing inflammation in the area with passive physical therapies, such as electrical stimulation or ultra sound. Once inflammation is reduced, chiropractic adjustments can then be used to restore proper movement to the joints. Next, active physical therapy and rehabilitation are given to help correct damaged muscle groups, the cause of the sciatic nerve related pain.
All of these therapies are safe for pregnancy. Mommy and baby both react great to treatment. Treatment can be sought during and after the pregnancy.
Our goals for treatment are to find the cause, stop the pain, heal the area, and prevent further injury.
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What is Sciatica?
Sciatica can be a disease and/or a symptom; the name refers to inflammation or irritation of the largest nerve in the body. The sciatic nerve originates deep inside the buttocks and ends in the toes. Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg.
Sciatica occurs when there is pressure on or damage to the sciatic nerve. Common causes include:
- Slipped Discs
- Herniated/ bulging discs
- Piriformis Syndrome (a pain disorder involving the narrow muscle in the glutes),
These conditions can be managed with chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy to reduce and alleviate the pain associated with sciatica.