Dr. Hruby will review your symptoms and medical history. He’ll also perform a physical exam to see how your spine is structured and evaluate whether you have misalignments that might be contributing to the pain. An X-ray may be ordered to confirm his diagnosis of spinal degeneration or if a herniated disc is suspected.
Sciatica is usually a symptom of a larger condition. The pain you experience is due to compression of the sciatic nerve, which originates in the lower back, goes down through your buttocks and into the leg, ending at the ankle and foot.
Sciatica pain may occur due to a herniation in a lumbar disc, degenerative disc disease, extremely tight muscles, or another spine issue like narrowing of the spinal canal, called spinal stenosis.
Dr. Hruby can help identify the reason for your sciatica and treat the source of the problem, not just the symptoms of sciatica.
Pain from sciatica varies from intense and constant, to intermittent and fairly mild. It typically only affects one side of your lower body, not both. You may specifically experience:
Treatment depends somewhat on the cause of your sciatica. Sometimes a subluxation, in which the lumbar vertebrae fall out of alignment, pinches the nerve. A manual adjustment will relieve pain and set the body onto the course of self healing. In other cases, you might need manual relaxation of certain muscles that are compressing the nerve. You may get relief after one visit, but regular adjustments can keep the condition at bay and keep your back healthy.
Dr. Hruby can also provide you with regular exercises to do at home that will help realign your back and change the movement patterns that aggravate your sciatica.
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