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Do you have back pain that starts in the lower back or buttocks and travels down one or both legs? You may have sciatica, a painful condition that can prevent you from going to work, stop you from participating in sports, and interfere with your ability to take care of your family. Fortunately, our Edison Chiropractor provides safe and effective sciatica treatment.
Sciatica pain usually begins when bones of the spine, known as vertebrae, pinch one of the two sciatic nerves that run from your spine down to each of your feet. Pinching the sciatic nerve causes it to send pain signals to your brain. Bone spurs, diabetes and, in rare cases, tumors can cause sciatica.
The most common cause of sciatic pain, however, is herniated or bulging discs. Between each vertebra is a cushioning disc that prevents the bones of the spine from grinding against each other. The discs have a tough rubbery outer shell and a thick, gooey interior. With time, the outer shell weakens in spots and bulges outwards, or herniates, to press against the sciatic nerve. The bones of the spine may also compress together to cause herniation of the discs.
Sciatic pain usually affects one side of the body. Inflammation associated with sciatica can add to the pain. In addition to pain, many people with sciatica experience weakness, numbness, or tingling in the affected leg or foot.
Our Edison chiropractor, Dr. Michael Lagana, works with a team of health professionals to offer non-invasive sciatica treatment at our Edison-based wellness center.
After a comprehensive examination of the spine, our chiropractor may recommend non-surgical spinal decompression using a spinal decompression table. Spinal decompression lengthens the spine to create a small vacuum between vertebrae, and this vacuum pulls the herniated disc back into place. The procedure also stimulates circulation that reduces painful inflammation.
We also perform regular chiropractic adjustments that supplement and support the therapeutic effects of non-surgical spinal decompression.
Most patients enjoy relief from pain after the first treatment of spinal decompression alone or with chiropractic adjustments, and their symptoms usually continue to improve with each session. Dr. Lagana may recommend that the patient receive an epidural with a pain management physician if these treatments do not alleviate symptoms of sciatica. The epidural controls the pain while chiropractic care heals the body.
Surgery should be considered only as a last resort so our director, Dr. Lagana, uses a five-step approach to sciatica treatment. We start with holistic chiropractic care then add massage, physical therapy and acupuncture as needed. Surgery may be necessary when all four all-natural, non-invasive treatments do not provide relief. Our healthcare professionals work with surgeons to ensure a swift, smooth recovery from surgery.
Regular exercise that strengthens core abdominal muscles can help to prevent sciatica, as can maintaining proper posture, practicing good body mechanics when lifting, shifting weight when standing for long periods and using ergonomically-designed furniture.
If the painful symptoms of sciatica keep you from comfortably living a healthy, happy lifestyle, take your first step to wellness by contacting our office today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lagana by calling 732-661-1121
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