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Sciatica in Henderson

If you have ever had sciatica then you know it’s a pain you don’t soon forget. It can impact your mobility making it difficult and painful to walk, stand, or even sit. It definitely impairs your quality of life. Our clinic helps patients every day, just like you, escape from the pain of sciatica.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica in HendersonSciatica causes a pain often described as sharp or shooting and is usually accompanied by tingling, numbness, or burning that radiates from your lower back, through your buttocks and down the back of the leg. It can end at the thigh, extend to the knee, or go all the way down the leg. There is usually weakness in the affected leg and lower back. In some cases it can present as hip pain, radiating around your buttock or hip and may occur without any pain in your back.

Patients experiencing sciatica may find it difficult to walk – or even impossible. They may find that their sciatica symptoms increase when they try to walk, sneeze, bend at the waist, or cough. Changing positions or even lying down may relieve the pain.

How Does Sciatica Develop?

Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that results from irritation of the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in your body. When that nerve is “pinched,” irritated, or when pressure is put on it, it can become inflamed and painful – and that is when you will see symptoms of sciatica.

There are several underlying conditions that can cause sciatica.

  • Slipped or herniated disc. This is the most common cause of sciatica. The disc shifts, putting pressure on the root of the nerve, causing the pain and sciatica symptoms.
  • Spondylolisthesis. This condition occurs when one vertebra slips out of place, causing it to be out of line with the vertebra above it. This narrows the opening for the sciatic nerve, causing irritation and pressure.
  • Spinal stenosis. When the spinal canal narrows it results in this condition which, in turn, puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.
  • Piriformis syndrome. The piriformis muscle is a small muscle located deep in the buttocks. When it spasms or becomes tight it can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

How Our Henderson Chiropractor Diagnoses Sciatica

Sciatica is diagnosed in several ways including a physical exam and medical history review. The doctor will talk with you about your symptoms, day to day activities, and may order additional tests including:

  • X-ray
  • Myelogram
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Electromyography/nerve conduction velocity studies
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan

It should be noted though that many patients don’t require additional diagnostic testing, allowing them to be diagnosed and treated fairly easily and with little disruption.

You don’t have to live with the pain from sciatica; there are treatment options to get you back on your feet and on with your life. If you are suffering from sciatica pain we can help.

For more information about Sciatica or to schedule an appointment, call Anthem Chiropractic today at 702-614-6777!

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"I have had back problems and had 2 surgeries and wanting a 3rd. Dr. Day provided a multidisciplinary plan that included chiropractic therapies and pain management. Pain management provided some immediate relief but I had residual pain in my right leg. Steroid injections failed. Dr Day recommended decompression table therapy and from the 1st session my leg pain was relieved. I continue with the decompression table therapy to ensure pain relief and to keep surgery at bay. Thank you Dr. Day!"

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