If you’ve ever suffered from sciatic pain or known someone who has, then you may understand how truly debilitating this condition can be.
What is sciatica pain?
This pain is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The pain associated with sciatica is typically felt from the lower back area, down through the buttocks and thigh and radiating below the knee often to the foot.
Often the pain of sciatica is associated with numbness and tingling in the legs and feet.
Sciatica can range in severity from slightly irritating to completely debilitating.
Be aware of ‘self-diagnosis’ of sciatica. Lower back pain radiating to the buttock, and hip or pelvic pain are not necessarily sciatica and proper diagnosis is essential to determine the best course of action.
What is the sciatic nerve?
- The sciatic is the largest nerve in the body.
- This nerve is housed within the spine.
- Nerve signals travel to and from the brain through the spinal cord and then the spinal nerves. These spinal nerves branch off of the spinal cord at every spinal level.
- The sciatic nerve is comprised of several of these spinal nerves from the lower lumbar and sacral (pelvic) region, which come together to form the large sciatic nerve.
The large distribution of this nerve also explains the pain that arises from it when it is irritated.
What are some common causes the sciatic nerve to become irritated?
- There’s not a lot of extra space in the body, and with the large size of this nerve, there’s a lot of opportunity for irritation and the resulting pain.
- Disc herniations – Bulges that may form in the disc can “press” on the nerves.
- Arthritis and normal wear and tear – Changes to the bones and tissues which surround the nerves can result in a diminished the spaces around the nerves.
- Trauma or injury
- Spondylolisthesis – A vertebra may slip over an adjacent vertebra which results in spinal root nerve compression and sciatic pain.
- Pregnancy – During pregnancy sciatic pain may occur as a result of the increased physical demands on the spine and/or the increased competition for space in the pelvic region.
- Piriformis syndrome – The piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region can become inflamed or spasm, often irritating the nearby sciatic nerve.
How is sciatica treated?
The simple answer is to remove the factors which cause the irritation of the sciatic nerve if possible.
Recommended non-surgical, natural options may include:
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Massage therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Heat and cold therapy
- Exercises to strengthen the lower back
To help manage the pain, anti-inflammatories may be recommended – but be aware that these drugs often “mask” the pain as well as the problem, rather treating the cause of the irritation.
We recommend people who are prone to sciatic pain be proactive and take action to prevent reoccurrence. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about your lower back pain. 519-258-8544
Tendonitis is a fairly common musculoskeletal problem which is the result of excess strain to the soft tissue, in particular, the tendons.
A tendon is a connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone.
When the tendon is inflamed, it may be painful, swollen, warm to the touch and possibly associated with a grinding sensation.
Tendonitis is a common problem as the result of repetitive movements, such as working in a factory, on a computer or while playing sports. It can be acute pain or a chronic problem and more common as we age.
Help for tendonitis
It’s important to identify the likely cause of the stress to the tendon and remove or at least reduce it. If there’s damage or irritation to the tissue, it may be beneficial to try other approaches such as:
- Cold LASER Therapy
- Stretching techniques
- Braces to help support the area and reduce stress on the tissue
If you’re suffering from tendonitis, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. We offer services that can help you. 519-258-8544
In this informative video, Dr. Oz:
- Discusses the concepts and what is chiropractic care
- Causes of misalignment
- Demonstrates a chiropractic adjustment
If you have any questions or concerns about utilizing chiropractic care for your improved health and range of motion, please reach out to us: 519-258-8544
Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, and when it hurts, it can affect every area of your life, from work to leisure to getting a good nights sleep.
Shoulder pain can vary in intensity from mildly annoying to painfully debilitating. Whether your pain is acute due to an injury or has developed slowly over time, it’s important to determine and treat the cause of the pain and not just mask the symptoms.
Typically, shoulder pain is the result of 5 issues:
- Tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendonitis) or tear
- Instability (separation or dislocation)
- Referral neck or back pain
It’s important to get a proper diagnosis, with an understanding of your medical history including any injuries or daily activities that may have caused the pain. You also may be required to have imaging done; such as x-rays, ultrasound or an MRI.
Approximately 90% of people with shoulder pain do not require surgery. The most common treatments may include:
- Resting the shoulder area
- Ice or compression to help reduce inflammation
- Cold LASER therapy
- Stretching and muscle building exercises
- A chiropractic adjustment of the shoulder area and spine may be helpful to ensure that your body is in proper alignment. When you experience pain or discomfort, your body naturally reacts by overcompensating in another, and your shoulder pain might be causing other symptoms elsewhere in your body.
Be wary of masking the pain with anti-inflammatory medicine, as this may cause a false feeling of relief and further injury may occur.
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, please reach out to us, we’re here to help: 519-258-8544
Have you had a very stiff neck with limited range of motion?
The most common cause is a muscle strain, soft tissue injury or misalignment of the vertebrae in your upper spine. These causes could be a result of:
- Improper sleep position
- Repetitive motion
- Poor posture
- Holding your neck in an abnormal position for an extended period of time
- Your neck extending beyond its normal range of motion
- Emotional stress
Your stiff neck may be causing other symptoms such as headaches, shoulder and upper back pain.
Help for a stiff neck
- Rest – Avoid any activities that may cause further neck pain.
- Self-massage – Try to identify the area on your neck or upper spine which is causing the pain. Gently massage the area for a few minutes.
- Stretch – Use your hands to gently hold your head down and away from the source of the kink, then repeat on the opposite side. Also, stretch focusing on tensing and relaxing all the muscles in your neck, shoulders and upper back.
- Ice it – Apply ice to the affected area for 10 minutes and repeat every 20 minutes to help reduce swelling.
It’s a good idea to see your chiropractor if your neck pain:
- Has lasted for days
- Makes it difficult to turn your head to the side
- Has occurred after an accident or injury
- Results in numbness or tingling in your arms or hands
- Is believed to be due to a more serious cause
If you’re experiencing a stiff neck, please reach out to us, we’re here to help you: 519-2588-8544
Many patients visit their chiropractor after an acute injury. Others make an appointment after suffering with more chronic problems.
The best time to see your chiropractor is REGULARLY!
Chiropractic care helps get and keep you in good health. When nerve functioning is not impaired by misalignment, your entire body works better!
Schedule your appointment today and return on a regular schedule to maintain optimum health! 519-258-8544