Low Back Pain and Sciatica

If you are suffering from sciatica or low back pain you are not alone. In a six month period 50% of all Canadians have suffered from low back pain and 85% of all working people will experience low back pain at some point.

Why is this becoming such an epidemic?

Our sedentary lifestyles and work stations have a huge impact on the health of our spines.  In Canada 75% of workers sit for long periods of time. Prolonged sitting negatively affects the alignment of your spine, significantly weakens the muscles, stresses spinal discs and often pinches nerves in the lower back. A higher Body Mass Index (BMI) also increases the risk of suffering low back pain.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a term used to describe pain caused by a pinching of the Sciatic Nerve. The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the back of the leg. Sciatica may or may not accompany low back pain.

Sciatica is not a diagnosis in and of itself—it is a symptom of an underlying issue, such as a spinal subluxation (spinal misalignment), a degenerated or herniated “slipped” disc, muscle imbalances or spinal stenosis.

When suffering from low back pain and/or sciatica it is crucial to discover the underlying cause of your symptoms rather than relying on medications to cover them up. Chiropractors are spine and nerve specialists who can discover the cause of your pinched nerve, and restore your body to its ideal condition.  Chiropractic is about far more than back pain relief however, research shows that gentle spine adjustments combined with proper stretches and exercise are the most effective way to alleviate symptoms, and provide long term relief.

On your first appointment the chiropractors at Pure-Health will take a complete history and perform a thorough examination (which may include X-rays) to determine the specific cause of your pain. Before they begin any treatment they will ensure you understand what is causing your pain, and what can be done to correct it. We understand that our patients need to feel better quickly. Your chiropractor will also recommend a program of self-care that may include specific low back exercises and stretches to ensure your spine stays strong, flexible and healthy.

“ When I first came in I could barely walk more than a block and my body constantly hurt on the left hand side. After two months of care, I’m back at karate – able to do my kicks, my stances- all those wonderful things. I’m making steady progress and looking forward to much more! Thanks Dr. Neely”                                   

Jamie. M