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What is Sciatica?

“Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttocks and continues along the path of the sciatic nerve, down the back of the thigh and into the lower leg and foot,” said Dr. James Haug of Haug Chiropractic. “It is usually only in one leg, but it can be in both legs.”

Some people describe the pain as mild tingling, a dull ache or even a burning sensation, while others may have a pins-and-needles sensation, numbness, weakness, a severe or shooting pain in the leg.

Patients typically feel better when they lie down or are walking, but the pain worsens when they are standing or sitting. Sciatica may intensify during sudden movements, such as coughing, sneezing, or when they change positions such as when moving from a sitting position to standing up.

Disorders known to cause sciatica include lumbar spine subluxation (misaligned vertebral bodies), trauma such as falling and auto accidents, herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy, childbirth and even sitting on a wallet in your back pocket

Treatment for sciatica may include several different treatments such as adjustments (spinal manipulation), electrical muscle stimulation, ultra sound, stretching, exercises and ice.

Chiropractic care offers a non-invasive (non-surgical), drug free treatment option. Chiropractic adjustment frees the restricted movement of the spine and helps restore misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustments help to reduce the nerve irritability responsible for causing the inflammation, muscle spasm, pain and other symptoms related to sciatica.

I have more than 29 years of experience in helping patients with sciatica, back and neck pain get better. For an appointment, please call (208)983-2458.


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