The doctors at Denver Chiropractic Center can help you with leg pain and Sciatica.
Do you have pain in the buttocks and/or the back of your thigh?
One of the more common problems that we treat involves pain that travels down the back of the leg. This symptom is usually related to the sciatic nerve (pronounced sy-attic). The condition is called sciatica. Many people are worried that their sciatica is caused by a herniated disc. Most sciatica is not caused by herniated discs. It is more commonly caused by tightness in the gluteal muscles and dysfunction in the joints of the pelvis (the sacro0iliac joints). This puts pressure on the sciatic nerve and causes the symptoms down the back of the leg.
How does this happen?
There are several large muscles and several strong ligaments in this region. The sciatic nerve runs under and sometimes through these muscles, and these muscles blend into the ligaments. Many different things can make these muscles and ligaments shorter, including:
- Sitting all day long
- Tight hamstrings
- Poor lifting technique
- Injuries, such as car accidents and falls on the buttocks
How do Dr. Hyman and Dr. Stripling treat sciatica?
The first step is to perform a thorough examination and make sure your problem is not caused by a herniated disc. If it is, that can be treated, but sometimes a neurological consult is in order.
If it is determined that the pain comes from the muscles and ligaments, which it more commonly is, we will identify the muscles and ligaments involved and release them. We do this by applying gentle tension to the muscle and combining that with specific movements. This is known as Active Release Technique®, which we are certified to provide.
If the joints in your low back and pelvis are stiff and contributing to the problem, they may be adjusted. Adjustments are a gentle way to restore normal mobility and function to joints. Little force is used with adjustments and they usually feel great.
Once you are feeling better, we will give you specific stretches and advice to keep your sciatica from returning. It is important to keep the hips and hamstrings mobile and flexible and keep the core strong. You will be taught how to do this.
Call 303-300-0424 today for your appointment.