Sciatica in Emmaus

Woman experiencing sciatica

If you are experiencing pain affecting the back, hip, or thigh that may be radiating down the leg, you may have a common condition called sciatica.  This pain is caused by a compression of the sciatic nerve root in the lower back usually from disc injuries.  Many people in the Lehigh Valley suffer with the pain of sciatica and never achieve a long term solution.  This condition can continue to worsen overtime making daily tasks nearly impossible.  At Abundant Health Chiropractic of Emmaus, PA, Dr. Justin Graf helps to not only reduce the pain of Sciatica, but help with long-term correction.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Sciatica symptoms can come and go, but typically the symptoms will worsen over time and episodes will occur more frequently. The pain can often be debilitating preventing a person from performing even simple day to day activities.  

The pain can be an intense deep ache with sharp, stabbing, shooting into the buttock.  The pain can extend down the back of the thigh, and in some cases extend down the nerve branches in the lower leg and foot. Numbness, tingling, and weakness may also occur.  It is possible for both sides to be affected, but it more commonly present only on one side.  

The pain is often worse with sitting and can cause considerable pain when transitioning from a sitting position to a standing position.  A person may have difficulty walking, especially when bearing weight on the affected side.  Bending and lifting will likely aggravate the condition.  

What causes Sciatica?  

Often people are not aware that their problem stems from the lower back, especially if they have little if no lower back pain.

The sciatic nerve is really a bundle of nerves that converge and originate from the nerves in the lower back. The L4, L5, and sacral nerves are typically the primary nerves that form the sciatic nerve.

Problems with the spine can lead to symptoms of sciatica. It is common for a disc bulge or herniation to cause inflammation, irritation, and impingement on the nerves of the spine referring pain down the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is also common when there are subluxations (misalignments) in the spine due to postural issues, pregnancy or trauma.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

It is important to understand that a disc herniation or bulge may be present as a result of a subluxation in the spine.  A subluxation is a shift from normal alignment and loss of normal motion.  This will lead to abnormal pressure on the discs leading to bulging or herniation impinging the nerves of the spine causing sciatica.  At Abundant Health Chiropractic, Dr. Justin Graf provides relief from sciatica by correcting the misalignments in the spine getting to the root cause.  

ScheduleYour Appointment Today by calling us at (610) 421-8854 to Get Relief from Sciatica!