Sciatica Specialist

Daniel Bai, DC -  - Chiropractor

Life Effect Centers

Daniel Bai, DC

Chiropractor located in Frankfort, IL

Sciatica is a painful and inconvenient injury. Patients in Frankfort, Illinois suffering from sciatica are encouraged to visit Dr. Bai for pain relief options.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

If the sciatic nerve gets too much pressure applied to it from compression by misaligned vertebrae, herniated, or bulging discs, it causes pain commonly referred to as sciatica. The pain originates in the low back or butt then travels into one or both legs. Other common causes of sciatica include pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes. The pain of sciatica can vary in its intensity and can either be dull or sharp. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness, and tingling sensations, or even an electric-like shock traveling the length of the leg.

How do I know if I have sciatica?

The best way to discover whether you have sciatica is to get a proper diagnosis from a trained professional. Dr. Bai has extensive experience in treating conditions such as sciatica. An exam such as this might include a full review of your medical history and a physical examination to determine the source of the pain. This type of method identifies imbalances or dysfunctions in the body and allows a quick determination to decide on the best course of treatment.

Some symptoms of sciatica can include:

  • Constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg that continues along the path of the sciatic nerve
  • Sharp, searing pain rather than a dull sensation
  • Weakness or numbness when moving the leg or foot
  • Pain and other symptoms in the toes, depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected
  • Lower back pain
  • Difficulty standing, sitting, or walking
  • Pain or spasms while coughing or sneezing

 

How does chiropractic treat sciatica symptoms?

Based on the diagnosis and assessment, a treatment plan based on your specific needs will be used in an effort to help the body's natural healing take place while offering pain relief as well. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing sciatica pain. Treatment may include several different treatments such as:

  • Adjustments – Spinal manipulation is a safe and effective way to help realign the body in an effort to free restricted movement of the spine. This helps to reduce the nerve impingement that is responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. The procedure is typically painless, without the use of drugs or surgery, and most patients notice improvement after just one visit.
  • Cold therapy – used to reduce inflammation in an effort to control sciatic pain.
  • TENS machine (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) - a muscle stimulating machine used to control acute pain and reduce muscle spasms.