Is there a sharp pain in your lower back that may be going down your leg?
This may be caused by an irritated nerve which results in the symptom of sciatica. This is a common issue for many people that may vary in terms of severity and frequency. As an extremely painful experience, it is always best to be treated by a professional who knows how to treat the underlying cause. This is where the importance of a good chiropractor in Victoria BC comes in.
Dr. Mike Hadbavny is devoted to providing personalized history, assessments and treatments plans to help with such conditions.
What Is Sciatica and What Can Cause It?
Back pain comes in various forms and can appear slowly over months or instantly right after an injury. Sometimes it’s hard to identify the initial source, but at times you can easily pinpoint where the pain is.
As the name suggests, it affects the sciatic nerve (the largest nerve in the human body). It’s located in the low back, near the buttocks and runs down to the toes. When it gets pinched or irritated in the lumbar region of the lower spine, you may experience numbness and shooting pains in legs, along with cramping. This is a symptom often referred to as “sciatica”.
Sciatica generally starts with a herniated disk in the lower spine or an impinged nerve root. The vertebrae of the spine are divided and cushioned by flexible, flat and round discs of connective tissue. When a disc is worn down overtime, its soft center starts to push out from the hard outer ring. This can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing a lot of pain and decreased mobility
The reasons that are known to cause this condition include:
Decreased lumbar spine mobility
Herniated or bulging discs “slipped discs”
Spinal nerve root irritations or impingements
Spinal tumors or lesions
How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help Treat Sciatica?
Chiropractors are health care practitioners experienced in treating these types of issues as they specialize in the musculoskeletal system. They make use of techniques including soft tissue therapy, mobilizations, rehabilitation, and spinal manipulation to correct issues in your body.
The goal of this treatment is to increase the body’s mobility and proprioception. The principle behind this is that restricted spinal movement leads to reduced functionality, performance, and altered biomechanics. Spinal manipulation is non-invasive and drug-free.
For a chiropractor in Victoria BC the first step is to identify what is causing “sciatica” as it can happen due to multiple reasons. Proper diagnosis involves a review of the patient’s medical history along with a physical and neurological examination. This may include review of any pertinent MRI, CT scan or electro-diagnostic tests. All these enable the chiropractor in identifying the origin of the pain to begin appropriate treatments.
The main chiropractic techniques to help with low back pain and sciatica are:
Spinal Decompression Therapy: Spinal decompression is a non-surgical procedure intended to relieve pressure on the spinal cord or on one or more compressed nerve roots passing through or exiting the spinal column.
Nerve Flossing / Neuromobilizations: Nerve mobilization is a broad area of intervention used to promote optimal mobility of peripheral nerves and the spinal cord by addressing neurodynamic function.
Soft Tissue / Active Release Techniques: Are a soft tissue method that focuses on relieving tissue tension via the removal of fibrosis/adhesions which can develop in tissues as a result of overload due to repetitive use.
Interferential Current (IFC): Small amounts of controlled current are sent via electrical pads to the affected region. This reduces the pain and feels like a massage.
Spinal adjustments: This is where chiropractors use their hand to restore movement to the body the way it is supposed to be. It aids with movement restrictions, nerve irritations, inflammation and other related problems.
Let Dr. Mike Hadbavny Help You Today!
He is a chiropractor in Victoria BC and is looking to help his patients move pain free. He provides customized chiropractic care to treat a wide range of issues including arthritis, joint pain, sciatica, and various sports injuries. He treats a wide range of people and athletes and is currently part of the medical team for Pacific FC.
Contact him today to schedule your appointment.