Low Back Pain and Sciatica

“ 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

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. 85% of all working people will experience low back pain at some point.

 

What is Sciatica?

The term sciatica describes pain caused by a pinching of the Sciatic Nerve. The symptoms include 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 specific 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. All of these issues can pinch nerves and cause painful sciatica symptoms. We specialize in discovering and correcting what is causing your pain and radiation, so that you can feel better quickly and completely.

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. Research shows that gentle chiropractic 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.