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By Shaw Chiropractic Center
May 22, 2018
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Sciatica  

Find out if that nerve pain in your leg could be sciatica and how we can help?

The sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body, begins within the spinal cord near the lower back, where it then stretches down thesciatica buttock to the leg and into the foot. If you are experiencing true sciatic pain then you may notice pain either at your lower back or behind the leg (often near the thigh) that extends to the thigh. Our Richmond, VA, chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw is here to tell you more about this common symptom and how chiropractic treatment might alleviate an irritated sciatic nerve.

What causes sciatica?

There are a few things that could be to blame for your sciatica. In many cases, an irritation of the roots of the lower spine is the culprit. Other causes of sciatica include:

  • Muscle spasms of the lower back
  • Pregnancy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Tumors
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Symptoms of sciatica can be exacerbated by poor posture, an old or worn mattress, leading a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight or wearing high heels.

What are symptoms of sciatica?

If you have sciatica then you may experience pain in the back of the leg that begins at the thigh and extends to the knee (it can even extend as far as the feet and toes). The pain may get worse when sitting down. You may also experience back or hip pain. The most common symptoms include burning, shooting pains, weakness or a constant throbbing pain on the affected side. In most cases, sciatica will only affect one side of the body.

How can a chiropractor improve my sciatica?

Our Richmond, VA, chiropractic specialist offers non-surgical and non-invasive way to manage your sciatica symptoms. Our goal as your chiropractor is to make sure that your body functions as ideally as possible and to provide your body with the care it needs to heal quickly and more efficiently. Some of the treatments we offer to ease sciatica include,

  • Spinal adjustments: repositions spinal vertebrae that are out of alignment to easily reduce nerve inflammation, pain, swelling, spasms and other symptoms associated with sciatica. Adjustments are a safe and painless way to improve how your body functions and to promote faster healing.

If you think you are dealing with sciatic pain then it’s time to turn to the chiropractic expert at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA, for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan that will help alleviate your pain and discomfort. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
June 21, 2017
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Sciatica  

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body, from the base of the lumbar (lower) spine down to the feet. Pressure or an injury sciaticato the nerve can lead to symptoms like pain and difficulty with movement, depending on where the injury is located along the nerve. Sciatica (also known as sciatic neuritis) is one of the most common causes of leg pain, and also causes pain in the lumbar spine. Dr. Scott Shaw, a chiropractor in Richmond, VA, offers treatment for sciatica and other back and neck pain and injuries.

Sciatica Treatment in Richmond, VA

The most common symptoms of sciatica are pain and discomfort in the lower back, buttocks and back of the thigh. Other common sciatica symptoms include:

  • Numbing/weakness
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Sharp shooting pain that intensifies while walking or standing
  • Pain in the feet and toes
  • Burning or "electric" sensation

The intensity of sciatica symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the extent of the compression and where it is located on the sciatic nerve.

There are several spinal conditions and injuries that can lead to sciatica including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Arthritis

Sciatica treatment varies depending on the severity and source of injury to the nerve. In many cases, conservative treatments like ice and heat therapy are enough to effectively manage your symptoms. Dr. Shaw offers sciatica treatment like chiropractic manipulation and massage therapy to help ease tension and compression on the nerve, and to improve alignment. Massage therapy can also help to increase blood flow and relax tense and strained muscles.

Find a Chiropractor in Richmond, VA

If you are suffering from sciatica symptoms or other forms of back pain, don't wait until it begins to interfere with your daily routine and quality of life. Contact Dr. Shaw by calling (804) 741-3068 to schedule an appointment today.

Scott Shaw, DC
Dr. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Florida and Life Chiropractic College. He has completed post graduate studies specializing in the Activator Methods chiropractic technique.

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