Sciatica and lower back pain, Chiropractic treatments

Sciatica is one of the more common symptoms associated with lower back pain treated by Chiropractors. Sciatic pain is generally felt down and back of the leg and may extend past the knee to the foot. One key feature of sciatica is that coughing or sneezing may increase the severity of the pain. Persons suffering a severe attack of sciatica often find in helpful to walk with the knees bend and slightly bend forward at the hips. Sciatica sufferers also tend to put the foot slowly down on the floor to prevent irritation of the nerve during walking. Some back pain sufferers with sciatica however may have no problems walking and have little muscle spasms.
Usually a sudden onset of sciatica is associated with a bulging or extruded disc coming into contact with the nerve roots of the sciatic nerve. The distance the pain travels and its intensity is correlated to the amount of tension the disc material puts on the nerve root.
In some persons with severe sciatica the condition may suddenly disappear but muscle weakness and numbness may remain.
Chiropractic treatments for sciatica include lumbar flexion distraction technique. Lumbar flexion distraction technique seeks to reduce pressure on bulging discs and reduce nerve root irritation.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. Dr. Etter’s practice focus is back pain, neck pain and sports injuries.

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