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An estimated 80 percent of the population suffers from back pain at some point. But many of these same individuals struggle with a variety of other symptoms as well, including pain, weakness and odd sensations in the lower extremities. These are the telltale signs of sciatica, a potentially debilitating syndrome that can rob you of much of your functionality and quality of life. Here at Old Bridge Spine and Wellness Center, our chiropractor in Old Bridge, Matawan, and Freehold can diagnose the root cause of the problem and provide you with drug-free, non-surgical treatments for natural back pain relief.
The term sciatica refers to certain symptoms that indicate trouble in the sciatic nerve. This major nerve, the largest one in your body, routes all the neural signals and sensations to and from your leg, buttock, ankle, foot, and toes on either side of the body. The sciatic nerve connects to not one, but several major nerve roots in the lumbar and sacral parts of the spinal column, with each nerve root channeling nerve signals to different areas in the lower extremities. This neural layout accounts for the wide range of symptoms you may experience if you have sciatica. A problem with one particular nerve root may produce issues in a specific area of the foot, ankle, toe, or leg.
Sciatica symptoms frequently recur as the result of impingement, or pinching, of a nerve root or of the sciatic nerve itself. These symptoms tend to include lower back pain, sharp pains in the leg or buttock, tingling, or "pins and needles" sensations anywhere along the foot or leg, and muscle weakness that may impair your ability to stand or walk properly. Spinal misalignments, bulging discs and degenerative vertebral conditions can all cause sciatica.
Sciatica symptoms may fade after a few weeks of torment, but don't assume that you are rid of the problem forever -- it is likely to recur until you address the underlying cause or causes. Our chiropractor can isolate the specific biomechanical issue causing your nerve impingement or inflammation. In many cases, a series of spinal adjustments can correct an errant spinal alignment or disc, taking pressure off of the affected nerve roots. In addition to natural back pain relief, you can enjoy long-term relief from sciatica-related leg pains, weakness, and other issues.
Chiropractic adjustment is not the only technique we offer to help you conquer your sciatica. For instance, massage therapy can prove highly useful for relieving muscle tightened by weeks of chronic pain, while nutritional counseling can help you address obesity or other issues that may have placed undue stress on your spine. Exercises can help you strengthen your spinal column and straighten your posture to prevent future sciatica attacks. Contact us so we can help you enjoy life again!
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