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Looking for Answers to the Pain of Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is created by the gathering of nerves that extend from the spinal cord down through the pelvic bones. The sciatic nerve branches out and controls the organs in the pelvis and everything else from the hips to the toes.

Sciatica is the inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the largest and longest nerve in the body. Burning pain in the low back, hips, and legs are common symptoms of sciatica. Low back pain is not always part of sciatica, but often comes with it.

Usually, sciatica affects only one side. Pain often radiates down the buttock or leg and can range from a tingling, burning, pins-and-needles feeling to excruciating, shooting pain that makes standing up nearly impossible. Often, coughing, sneezing, and sitting make the pain worse.

In the past, long periods of bed rest were commonly prescribed for sciatic pain and malfunction. Recent studies have confirmed that lengthy bed rest is a waste of time and may interfere with healing. Another common prescription, epidural injections, does not help patients suffering from sciatica, either. Researchers in Germany did a six-month study published this year in Clinical Orthopaedics, and Related Research. These researchers found that spinal corticosteroid injections do not help patients with sciatica improve any faster than those not given such injections.

What does seem to be the correct prescription is conservative chiropractic adjustments to realign the misaligned vertebrae. According to the recently released United States Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines, “relief of discomfort can be accomplished most safely” with chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care (sometimes coupled with simple exercises) normalizes the joint mobility, returns the bones to their proper position, and takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Pain and inflammation leave the area. Function is restored. Health is restored. Sciatica is a horrible experience. Regardless of what you may have been told in the past, you may get rid of it. You may not have to “live with it” as you’ve heard. Correction of the cause of sciatica may be as close as a call to our office. We’d be happy to do our part in the restoration of your health and the elimination of the vertebral subluxations that have been interfering with it.

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Long Cold Season of Back Pain

Nothing is more welcome after the dark cold winter than the first signs that spring is coming. Nothing is more welcome after a bout if severe back pain than the first signs that relief is coming.

Most people suffer back pain at some time in their life. People involved in stressful activities such as contact sports or jobs with a lot of sitting or heavy lifting are more apt to suffer back pain.

Muscle relaxants may provide temporary pain relief, but do not address the cause. Commonly prescribed drugs also have side effects, including the risk of abuse. Surgery is available, but be warned, there are major risks here, too. As reported in the Washington Post in 1995, “Surgeons perform more than 250,000 lower back operations each year, yet health officials think much of the surgery is unnecessary.” This article also emphasizes that the complication rate for surgery is extremely high.

Conservative chiropractic care is very strongly recommended. For back pain sufferers, chiropractic is like the first signs of spring. In the opinion of many research scientists, doctors and average citizens: chiropractic is the conservative care of choice.

In the March 1998 issue of McCall’s Magazine, the author talks about a study, which found “patients to have more relief from chiropractors than from muscle relaxants” that medical doctors prescribe. New government guidelines point patients toward a chiropractic clinic as the first place to seek the answer for their back pain.

In 1994, the Federal Agency for Health Policy and Research guidelines for low back pain concluded that spinal “adjustments,” chiropractic’s main treatment technique, is one of very few treatments whose value is backed up by much well-done research. It was considered a better choice than surgery, drug therapy and other conventional treatments,

In 1997, 20,000,000 adults used chiropractic because of its effectiveness and because of the satisfaction they felt with their previous care or the satisfaction of someone who recommended they seek chiropractic care.

Perhaps, it is time to check out chiropractic and see if you, too, can have a healthier happier spring. Call us today for an appointment.

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Looking for Answers to the Pain of Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is created by the gathering of nerves that extend from the spinal cord down through the pelvic bones. The sciatic nerve branches out and controls the organs in the pelvis and everything else from the hips to the toes.

Sciatica is the inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the largest and longest nerve in the body. Burning pain in the low back, hips, and legs are common symptoms of sciatica. Low back pain is not always part of sciatica, but often comes with it.
Usually, sciatica affects only one side. Pain often radiates down the buttock or leg and can range from a tingling, burning, pins-and-needles feeling to excruciating, shooting pain that makes standing up nearly impossible. Often, coughing, sneezing, and sitting make the pain worse.

In the past, long periods of bed rest were commonly prescribed for sciatic pain and malfunction. Recent studies have confirmed that lengthy bed rest is a waste of time and may interfere with healing. Another common prescription, epidural injections, does not help patients suffering from sciatica, either. Researchers in Germany did a six-month study published this year in Clinical Orthopaedics, and Related Research. These researchers found that spinal corticosteroid injections do not help patients with sciatica improve any faster than those not given such injections.

What does seem to be the correct prescription is conservative chiropractic adjustments to realign the misaligned vertebrae. According to the recently released United States Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) guidelines, “relief of discomfort can be accomplished most safely” with chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care (sometimes coupled with simple exercises) normalizes the joint mobility, returns the bones to their proper position, and takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Pain and inflammation leave the area. Function is restored. Health is restored.

Sciatica is a horrible experience. Regardless of what you may have been told in the past, you may get rid of it. You may not have to “live with it” as you’ve heard. Correction of the cause of sciatica may be as close as a call to our office. We’d be happy to do our part in the restoration of your health and the elimination of the vertebral subluxations that have been interfering with it.

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How Important is Your Spine?

The spine is the major factor in all movements of the body. It provides balance to the skeletal frame, absorbs jolts and shocks, allows is to move, bend and twist, all the while protecting the spinal cord and spinal nerves.

The spine can become distorted by daily work habits such as a mailman carrying a heavy mailbag, a mother carrying her child on her hip or poor work postures.

Distortions are also produced by injuries dues to falls, whiplash, strains and prolonged or repetitive emotional stress.

The importance of the spine to our health has been recognized by great men for centuries. Hippocrites, the celebrated Greek physician after who the “Hippocratic Oath” is named, recognized the importance of the spine saying: “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.”

Another famous Greek physician, Claudius Galen, who was considered the greatest anatomist and physiologist of classical times said, “Look to the nervous system as the key to maximum health.”

And from our own Thomas Edison, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Spinal subluxations, which interfere with the normal flow of nerve energy between the brain and the body’s tissue cells, can hamper the normal function of the glandular, eliminative, nervous, digestive, muscular and circulatory systems of the body. The primary symptoms are pain and/or disease.

It is the desire of the chiropractic community to help your entire family live the most pain free healthy life possible. Call our office and arrange for a visit.

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Fender Benders and Back Pain

Recently, a patient came in and reported that, for some reason, he “just wasn’t feeling right”. We discussed his life over the last couple of weeks and figured out, to me, the obvious reason for his back pain flaring up.

It seems this fellow was in a minor “fender bender” a couple weeks previous. He said it really wasn’t much of an accident and there was very little damage to the car. He took his car in “just in case” and the only repair necessary was to have the wheels realigned. He added that he felt no physical discomfort at all right after the accident so he figured he was “OK”.

As he repeated the details of the growing spasms and tenderness in his mid and low back, I thought about how he had taken his car in “just in case” but had neglected to take his precious self in for a check-up “just in case”. I didn’t know absolutely that he might have avoided most of the pain had he come for a spinal check-up immediately, but I had a pretty good idea he would have.

We chiropractors see this fairly often. A man or woman in fairly good health, maybe with a history of infrequent back pain, suddenly comes up with horrible spasms or immobility due to back pain. Sometimes it seems to come out of the blue. We can often pinpoint a cause, but sometimes the cause of the breakdown and pain is an accumulation of mini-traumas that were never fixed. Lifting or twisting strain, plus family stress, plus bad eating habits, plus job demands all add up. All these mini-traumas together with, maybe a minor wreck or other accident and somewhere along the “beaten” path, you end up with pain and disability.

This “onion” layering of damage-added-to-damage makes for some real problems for many. Luckily, there is a solution. With evaluation of your spine and the damage that has occurred, we can carefully adjust the bones of the spine so they return to an appropriate, healthy alignment. Resolving and maintaining the proper position of the spinal bones again, gives the body the structural support it needs. Nerves, which were damaged due to the bony misalignments, regain their life-giving function. Pain and inflammation are relieved. Health returns as the layers of damage are fixed.

We were glad that this patient came in for his check-up. What we found was that, even though the wreck seemed minor, the damage to his spine was real. We were able to correct that damage using specialized chiropractic adjustments. No amount of waiting or any kind of pain medication would have worked. His spinal bones were realigned and the cause of his back pain was fixed.

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