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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.
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.
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.
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!