You might experience sciatica as numbness, pain or burning sensations in your buttocks and running down your leg. Sciatic pain ranges from moderate to intense, and it may come and go, or be chronic and dull. The pain usually worsens as you stand or sit for long periods of time. Regardless of its severity, it’s not something you should have to live with.
Compression of the sciatic nerve causes the searing pain and tingling symptoms of sciatica. Where the nerve roots come out of the spinal cord into the lower back marks this sensitive area. A herniated or bulging disc in the lower back pinches a nerve, which causes the numbness or pain. Pregnancy, bone spurs, tightness in the piriformis muscle located deep in the buttock, or narrowing of the spinal canal also cause the condition.
After he examines you and takes a history of your symptoms, Dr. Katzen devises a treatment plan appropriate to you. If you’re one of the many people whose sciatica resulted from a disc herniation, Dr. Katzen will probably treat you with spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression therapy involves a mild, motorized traction that gently stretches the spine and puts distance between the vertebrae to release compression of the nerves. Most patients find spinal decompression comfortable and helpful in relieving sciatic pain. Dr. Katzen also uses chiropractic adjustments, such as manipulation of the spine, as well as manual manipulation such as muscle kneading to treat sciatica. If you’re suffering from sciatic pain, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Katzen at Montgomery Chiropractic. He will work with you to ensure you receive proper treatment. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.
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