Struggling With Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome?

Renick Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Clinic office helps sciatica pain

If you are experiencing pain that radiates from the back or buttocks and down into the legs or feet, you may have sciatica or piriformis syndrome. Many people look for a Columbia Chiropractor or Soft Tissue Doctor so they don’t suffer with the pain of sciatica; many suffer long term from the condition. An untreated sciatic condition can continue to worsen and make the daily tasks of living difficult to impossible. This article is aimed at helping you to understand sciatica or piriformis syndrome and explains how effective chiropractic & specific soft tissue treatment can help you overcome it.

Sciatica in Columbia

Sciatica, which is also known as sciatica neuralgia, is a condition that causes pain in the lower back or buttocks, down the back of the leg, and into the foot. Piriformis Syndrome has the exact same symptoms. It can make sitting and standing for periods of time difficult and can lead to weakness, radiating pain, tingling, and numbness in the leg and foot. If left unchecked, sciatica pain will generally grow worse and the nerve can become permanently injured.

The reason why the pain travels up or down the hip, leg or foot is because of compression of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. The nerve originates in the lumbar spine and extends through the pelvis and buttocks before traveling down the leg to the foot. Compression by the lumbar vertebrae or pelvis and/or in the soft tissues of the hip or leg can pinch and irritate the nerve causing pain and injury. In piriformis syndrome, the nerve is specifically compressed by the piriformis, gemelli or obturator muscles in the hip; typically the pelvis will also distort from the soft tissue imbalance adding to the problem.

How Do You Develop Sciatica?

There are a number of factors that can lead to sciatica. Disc bulges and herniations are often seen but the majority of cases are caused by pelvic spine misalignment or distortion, and soft tissue imbalance in the hip muscles where the nerve is the largest. Disc issues and pelvic distortion often results from poor posture habits, excessive sitting or driving, repetitive stress including from sports activities, and accidents. Sciatica is also common with pregnancy as the body mass changes affecting the pelvis and hips. Some patients get the problem after simply bending over to put on their sock; however, in reality the condition was probably developing over an extended period of time before the triggering incident occurred.

Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Treatment for Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome

At Chiropractors in Columbia: Renick Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Clinic, we zero in on the source of the sciatica and determine an effective approach to treatment. After a thorough spinal and soft tissue assessment, the specific soft tissues and joints involved are treated by Active Release soft tissue methods and gentle adjustments. The goal is to restore proper soft tissue and joint balance and function which removes the nerve compression; both aspects of the condition are treated effectively. We then provide specific stretches or exercises the patient can use at home to retain proper balance and function.

Some people respond very quickly while others require more time to recover as the damaged soft tissues and nerve gradually heal. Excessive sitting, as well as disc or arthritic complications can often affect the speed of progress. In most cases, the longer the issue persists, the longer it takes to resolve because there is more extensive soft tissue changes affecting the nerve and spine. The great news is that with highly effective Active Release soft tissue methods along with spinal adjustments, improvement is seen sooner and resolved more effectively. If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica call our team at Renick Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Clinic today.

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Chiropractor Columbia SC Renick Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Clinic

Renick Chiropractic & Soft Tissue Clinic
4514 Saint Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 731-8121

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