Sciatica

Sciatica Specialist
Sciatica can be a painful and inconvenient injury. Patients in Menassas, Virginia suffering from sciatica are encouraged to visit Carlton Chiropractic for pain relief options.

Sciatica Q & A

Carlton Chiropractic

What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to a condition that results from compression on the sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in the lower back and runs through the back of the thighs, buttocks, and knees until it reaches the feet. It is responsible for supplying feeling in the legs — this is why any damage done to the sciatic nerve will cause pain or numbness in the lower extremities. Pinching of this nerve can also cause weakness in the legs, making it difficult to stand without needing rest when the nerve is irritated.

What are the symptoms?

Sciatica generally only affects one side of the lower body. The pain radiates from the lower back to the back of the thigh and down the leg. Symptoms can intensify during sudden movements or when changing positions. Some combination of the following symptoms is most common:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg, but rarely on both sides
  • Pain originating in the lower back or buttocks and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve
  • Pain that worsens when standing or sitting
  • Sharp, searing pain rather than a dull sensation
  • Weakness or numbness when moving the leg or foot
  • Pain and other symptoms in the toes, depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected
  • Difficulty standing, sitting, or walking
  • Shooting pains from the buttocks downward through the feet
  • Tingling and numbness in the buttocks, legs, or feet
  • Pain or spasms while coughing or sneezing

How does Carlton Chiropractic help?

Pain from sciatica causes the muscles to spasm, which will decrease mobility and add to the pressure that the nerve is under. A proper examination will be used to determine where your sciatic pain is coming from. Afterward, the spasms are relaxed using electromyostimulation on the area of pain. This is followed by specific chiropractic adjustments that are designed to alleviate the pressure on the nerve. Chiropractic adjustments will work directly on the spinal vertebrae and discs. The procedure is typically painless and does not require drugs or surgery, and most patients notice improvement after just one visit.

 

Book an appointment with us today for a free consultation!

 
Ask us

Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!

Name
Email Address
Comments
Follow Us
Hours

Carlton Chiropractic
8805 Sudley Road
Suite 202
Manassas, VA 20110