Tuesday, September 14, 2010
As the weather gets warmer and everyone gets outside and
more active, one of the most common injuries that is seen in the office is sciatica. Chiropractors get great, fast results
treating sciatica without the use of prescription drugs or costly
defined as low back, hip, and buttock pain with associated radiating pain down
the back or side of the leg in one or both legs. The leg pain can sometimes be accompanied by
numbness and/or tingling in the distribution of the sciatic nerve. Additional pain can exist in the low back or
in the upper buttock region.
Neurological signs of sciatica include muscle weakness in the leg,
decreased reflexes, sensory loss, and loss of coordination and balance. Sciatica can cause permanent nerve damage and
muscle atrophy if left untreated. There
are many causes but the two most common causes are peripheral nerve compression
by a muscle or bone, or nerve compression that occurs at the spine. Common causes of compression at the spine are
disc degeneration, or arthritis, disc herniation, and misalignment of the bones
of the spine caused by muscle spasm, trauma, or repetitive wear and tear from
everyday life. This causes a “pinch” in
the nerve as it exits the spinal column.
Another common cause of sciatica that is often overlooked is spasm and
tightening of the piriformis muscle in the upper buttock region. This condition is called piriformis
syndrome. The sciatic nerve passes
directly under, and in some cases, through the piriformis muscle
naturally. Spasms of this muscle can
cause nerve compression and leg pain with little to no low back pain. In any case, a trained professional should
assess the injury first to determine a correct diagnosis and recommend a proper
At Dolan Family
Chiropractic we use a simple and effective treatment plan to relieve pain,
promote healing, increase range of motion, and restore normal strength and
stability to the low back and leg.
Through the use of gentle chiropractic adjusting techniques specifically
designed for the treatment of sciatica, pressure is taken off the sciatic nerve
by stretching the associated muscles and realigning the bones of the spine to
allow proper movement and healing without causing more irritation or injury to
the nerve. We incorporate physiotherapy
techniques such as ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation to relieve pain
and relax muscle spasms, as well as an easy stretching program to be done at
home to further relax the low back and leg.
Once the pain is gone, specific exercises and stretching techniques are
recommended for home use to further strengthen the area to protect against
future injuries and aggravations.
Drs Collin and
Alorna Dolan are a husband and wife team of local chiropractors in the
Aurora/Naperville area that own Dolan Family Chiropractic. Their office is conveniently located on the
corner of Eola Rd
and N. Aurora Rd
in the Jewel Shopping Center. Together they treat a wide variety of
injuries in their office that occur in men and woman of all ages. If you have any questions or would like to
speak to either of the doctors personally you can call (630) 236-3090 or check
out the office website at the below link.
Learn more about
how chiropractic can help with back pain, sciatica, and other aches and pains
in Aurora and Naperville IL
Dolan Family Chiropractic has proudly served
the Aurora and Naperville
areas of Illinois for years. They offer chiropractic care, physical
therapy, nutritional assessments, stretching, rehabilitation, therapeutic
exercise, and custom-made foot orthotics for patients of all ages. Visit our
website at http://www.dolanchiro.com to view a full list of our
available services and learn how chiropractic can help you.