Case Study: Sciatica

In many cases of sciatica that I see the cause is misaligned spinal vertebra pinching nerves that are exiting the spine. This causes the typical symptoms of sciatica which are shooting pain down the legs, numbness, tingling and weakness.

Today we’re going to go over a recent case I had of patient with sciatica. He initially presented to the office with symptoms of pain in the left leg as well as foot drop, or the inability to fully control the left foot.

Note: Symptoms Came on Gradually

This gentleman had been experiencing ongoing low back pain for several months and over the last 3 weeks prior to coming to see me progressed to pain down his leg and eventually the foot issues, which was coincidently what lead him to come to my office.

Initial evaluation revealed tenderness of the left lumbar musculature and posterior rotation of the left SI and L5 segments. He also had marked weakness in the left foot. He had had previous X-rays done which showed no pathologic processes or fractures so we knew we were dealing with a musculoskeletal issue.

Note: Many Cases of Sciatica Do Not Have Any X-ray Findings

Due to the severity of his symptoms I suggested an initial course of treatment at 3 times per week for 4 weeks. We then re-evaluated his condition. Initially he did not see much change, however within a month his pain levels had decreased by about 75% and he had only a minor deficit in his left foot.

We decided to treat 2 times a week for an additional 4 weeks and upon completion he had only minor pain in the left lower back and his foot was back to normal.

Note: Sciatica Can Take Up To 2 Months or More to Resolve

His follow up visits now typically consist of 1-2 times per month. He has no restrictions and has to date, not seen any returning of his symptoms.

Chiropractic was able to help with this problem because, like many similar cases, the problem was misaligned spinal vertebra. This problem most often comes about over time due to repetitive stress. That is why there is often no pain or symptoms until they are suddenly very painful and noticeable.

If you or someone you know has sciatica or similar problems, I encourage you to seek chiropractic care. It is much safer and often much more effective than the usual medical route which includes pain pills and physical therapy.

Contact us anytime and we will do our absolute best to help resolve your sciatica issues.

Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+


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