We have a wide variety of therapeutic modalities to utilize in the treatment of sciatica.
The human body is comprised of hundreds of nerves, as well as billions of neurons, that are part of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS has 31 pairs that branch off of your spinal cord and are called spinal nerves. The longest of the spinal nerves is the sciatic nerve. It is actually the union of 5 nerves and extends from the lower spine through the buttock and down your legs, ending at your feet. Sciatica is the term that denotes pain and discomfort felt along the path of the sciatic nerve.
While the pain can occur just in the leg, it is caused by a condition in the lower back, such as inflammation, compression, or another source of irritation. At Advanced Chiropractic Center, in Asheville, North Carolina, it is our job to determine what is affecting the sciatic nerve so that we can provide you with relief from the pain and discomfort.
Commonly the cause is compression on the sciatic nerve due to vertebral joint dysfunction that can also be aggravated by lumbar spine stenosis, which is the narrowing of the opening which the sciatic nerves travel through. Whether or not stenosis is involved, getting the vertebrae to move properly again can have a profound impact on your pain level. The good news is that Dr. Walicki has a wide variety of therapeutic modalities at his disposal and will determine a treatment plan that is best suited for your sciatica and its severity.
Your treatment plan might include massage therapy, acupuncture, lumbar spinal traction, dry needling, functional neurology and chiropractic adjustments, as well as education about how exercise, posture, stress management, and relaxation methods can aid in controlling inflammation and the pain of sciatica. Contact us today to schedule an initial evaluation to get started on putting your sciatica pain in the past.