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Spinal Condition – Sciatica

Quick links for Spinal Conditions:
Back Pain, Pinched Nerve, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Slipped Disc,
Spinal Degeneration, Trauma, Whiplash.

Sciatica is a distracting pain that begins in the lower back and extends down one or both legs. It typically worsens with periods of sitting or standing. The discs between the spinal bones of the lower back are often involved. Coughing, sneezing or other kinds of movement can be painful. If neglected, the nerve irritation extends down one or both legs along the sciatic nerve/s. The pain appears in the leg, but the culprit is often the lower back.

Causes
It is easy to trace some spinal problems to a trauma such as a car accident. Trauma can cause one or more discs to ‘bulge’ which then crowds nearby nerves causing irritation and inflammation.

Pills or muscle relaxants cannot correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc.

Pills or muscle relaxants cannot correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc.

Sciatica can also be the result of cumulative damage and neglect. Years of bad posture, poor muscle tone, excess weight or countless other causes sets the stage. Then, something simple like bending over to tie shoelaces or pick up a small object can trigger an episode.

Spinal decay can be another culprit. Instead of disc ‘thinning’ that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve roots, arthritic bone spurs can intrude into the space normally reserved for the nerve.

There’s Hope
Fortunately, improving joint motion in the lower back with a program of chiropractic adjustments continues to produce excellent results for many people.

Frequently Asked Questions:

? Can chiropractic cure sciatica?

Actually, chiropractic doesn’t ‘cure’ anything. The chiropractic approach to sciatica (and other health problems) is to help restore the way your spine works by reducing nerve irritation and revitalising your own healing ability.

? How much chiropractic care will be needed?

Most sciatica patients are delighted with the results they get after a few weeks of care. Naturally, this varies from patient to patient. After a relapse or two, many discover that years of neglect have produced spinal instabilities that never fully heal. These patients elect to continue with periodic chiropractic checkups.

? What if I don’t remember any ‘trauma’?

This is a common refrain. The body is unusually adaptive and it can often accommodate a variety of stresses for years. Finally, like the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’, a ‘funny’ turn or bend and suddenly the spine succumbs to the accumulation of stress.

Often chiropractors have patients come back after a period of time to give us details of a forgotten trauma which fits in well with their history and timelines of pain and suffering.

Appointments – Anthony Papaleo at East Bentleigh Health Group
884 Centre Road, East Bentleigh | (03) 9579 3999 | info@ebhg.com.au