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Do you often feel a pain that radiates down one leg at a time? This may also affect the buttocks. Is that pain accompanied by a feeling of weakness? Sometimes you can’t feel one of your legs at all, just a tingly pins and needles sensation.
You may ask yourself what’s wrong with your legs that are causing these symptoms? As it turns out, nothing. You likely have sciatica, a condition that targets the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve begins in your spine and ends at both legs. That explains why your legs are symptomatic if you have sciatica. You may also have lower back pain and discomfort with this condition, but not always. That’s why many patients think they have an issue with their legs instead of their spine.
Conditions like degenerative spondylolisthesis, lumbar spinal stenosis, isthmic spondylolisthesis, degenerative disc disease, and lumbar herniated discs can lead to sciatica. Age can also trigger these uncomfortable symptoms, especially once you turn 60.
With sciatica, pressure builds in the spine, pinching the sciatic nerve. Depending on where in the spine the damage occurs, symptoms may be different. Some patients report foot pain and numbness instead of leg pain, for instance.
If you think you have sciatica, visit a chiropractor. They’ll run a few diagnostic tests to confirm the condition and then discuss your chiropractic treatment options with you.
With regular chiropractic care, your chiropractor can relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. That alone should reduce your pain, lack of sensation, and other discomforts. Some patients who see a chiropractor for their sciatica have noticed such a difference that they put off having expensive surgery. Others have reduced or even stopped their medication regimen.
Your chiropractor can also show you corrective exercises you can do at home on those days when symptoms are especially bad. Even regular walks can control the onset of the tingling and numbness you may often experience.
For those looking for relief from sciatica pain, contact us at Advanced Family Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, your chiropractor in Imperial. We’ve expanded our services to welcome those in Pevely, Imperial, Festus, Mehlville, Kimmswick, Fenton, Herculaneum, and Barnhart.
Led by Dr. Paul Amato, we specialize in treating whiplash, sciatica, headaches, neck pain, and back pain. Our other services are cold laser therapy, auto accident injury care, and sports injury care.
To learn more or schedule an appointment to see Dr. Amato, please call us at 636-464-5900. You can also visit us at Advanced Family Chiropractic & Rehabilitation at 5207 Warren Road in Imperial.
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