If you’re experiencing tingling or a pins and needles sensation running from your back down the side of your leg, it could be a condition known as sciatica. This condition is triggered by an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve that runs through the hip, buttocks, and down the side of the body to just below the knee. If persistent pain from this condition has led you to rely on pain medication or to consider having surgery, our chiropractor at Springfield Chiropractic Clinic urges you to give our natural healing techniques a try.
The sciatic nerve is your body’s longest, thickest bundle of nerves, and pain associated with it affects some 40 percent of the population at some point. When something aggravates your sciatica, it can produce a painful or numbing sensation, and even more severe symptoms like muscle weakness and incontinence when nerve signals aren’t getting through. Herniated disks, arthritis, a narrowing of the spinal column called stenosis, a tumor, pregnancy and even being overweight can cause or contribute to sciatica.
During your visit, we’ll ask about your medical history, lifestyle and any other factors that have put you at risk before evaluating your condition and recommending treatment. We may require X-rays to pinpoint the source of your discomfort before beginning our care. Our chiropractor employs only natural techniques such as massage and gentle spinal adjustments to relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve. We may also suggest lifestyle changes that can contribute to your ability to heal. It generally takes several visits to gradually bring your body into alignment, but our patients often begin to experience relief after their very first visit.
We believe that our care allows the body to heal itself naturally, with the goal of avoiding surgery and without the use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. Please contact Springfield Chiropractic Clinic today to meet our chiropractor and learn more about what we do.