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Sciatica Treatment with Our Wilmington Chiropractor

If you have sharp, shooting pains or other problems in your leg, foot or lower back, especially when sitting or standing, you may be one of the many individuals laboring under the burden of sciatica. This affliction of the body's largest nerve can stem from acute injuries, spinal misalignment or chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Whatever's causing your sciatica can most likely be treated without dealing with heavy painkillers or major surgical procedures. Our chiropractic team of Dr. Lodes and Dr. Wharton here at Lodes Chiropractic Center can provide with you non-invasive, drug-free, natural sciatica treatment in Wilmington.

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Why You're Suffering From Sciatica

Sciatica is actually a syndrome (collection of symptoms) rather than a condition, but the underlying problem is pinching and/or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This long, thick nerve, which runs through the buttock and down the back of the leg, connects to the spinal cord through lumbar and sacral nerve roots near the bottom of the spine. Since these nerve roots are threaded through narrow spaces between vertebral structures, shifting of these structures easily impede the function their function. The sciatic nerve may also be pinched by spasms of adjacent muscles such as the pirifomis muscle. The resulting sciatica symptoms may include:

  • Sharp pain or aches down the back of the leg that gets worse with sitting or standing
  • Low back pain (sometimes)
  • Tingling sensations in the leg or foot
  • Loss of sensation (numbness) in the afflicted limb
  • Muscle weakness and impaired motor function

An acute injury can cause sciatica by jolting the vertebral joints and discs out of position so that they press against sciatic nerve roots. But sciatica can also strike, especially between the ages of 30 and 50, due to alignment problems or age-related issues such as bulging discs, spondylolisthesis or spinal stenosis, with the symptoms coming and going in bouts.

Non-Surgical Treatments From Our Wilmington Chiropractor

Most people can get the sciatica relief they need without submitting to surgery or numbing themselves with drugs. Our Wilmington chiropractor can track down the precise cause of your symptoms and address that cause directly through natural methods. For instance, if your sciatic nerve roots are pinched by an errant disc or other spinal structures that are out of alignment, chiropractic adjustments to those areas can bring these structures back into their normal position -- and away from that sensitive nerve tissue.

Our Wilmington chiropractor may also prescribe other therapies to relieve your sciatica symptoms. Massage therapy can relieve muscle spasms that might be pinching the nerve, while stretching and strength-building exercises can help you maintain a straighter posture and keep your spine in line.

Put a Stop to Your Sciatica, Call Our Chiropractor in Wilmington Today!

Are you ready to put a stop to your sciatica? Call our chiropractor in Wilmington at 302-477-1565 for an evaluation. We offer a free consultation for new patients, so you have nothing to lose but your sciatica!

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  • "I worked for and received treatment from Dr. Lodes and let me tell you, the whole staff truly cares about everyone that walks through that door. I miss working there and I still can't find a chiropractor as good as Dr. Lodes and Dr. Wharton. I recommend them 100%."
    - Stacy J.
  • "I've been going to Dr. Lodes for over 20 years. He knows exactly what needs adjusting and his adjustments last. I've recommended him to several friends who are nurses and they live him too. The staff is so friendly and helpful and most of the time they can get me in the same day I call. He suggests exercises that help my issues and are simple I love this place!!!"
    -Mair D.
  • "I've been to a few different chiropractors in the area and once I found Lodes Chiropractic, I haven't been anywhere else. I have been a patient for about 10 years now, and I cannot say enough great things about the practice. Both doctors are extremely thorough, knowledgeable and always striving to help you feel your best. Everyone in the office is kind, caring and helpful. I also went to both doctors throughout my pregnancy which helped ease any pain I was having tremendously. I highly recommend this practice!"
    Suzy M.