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Sciatica Treatment in Albany, Georgia

Are you suffering from Sciatica in Albany, Georgia?

Arrowhead Clinic has been proudly serving the city of Albany and relieving its residents of Sciatic Pain for over 40 years.

With our Doctor's extensive years of experience, Dr. Antjuan Mitchell is able to provide exceptional and effective methods of treatment that are natural, holistic, and will alleviate your pain. Contact the Best Sciatica Doctors in Albany, GA today!Albany Sciatica Treatment

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What is Sciatica?

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In our experience, Albany residents who suffer from Sciatica often report leg and thigh pain, or a tingling and numb sensation. 

While you may initially believe something is wrong with your leg, the key is to look directly at the sciatic nerve.

The Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in the entire body. It originates in the lower back and travels downward through the buttock to the leg, and branches out into individual nerve roots.

So why is it important to understand where the sciatic nerve is and where it travels? Think back to your leg or back pain. Chiropractic Doctors are known for looking for the underlying symptoms

Instead of assuming the pain is just simply originating from your leg or back, you must consider the sciatica nerve. 

That means that pain in your leg could be the cause of irritation in your sciatic nerve all the way up in your lower spine.

How Do I Know if I Have Sciatic Nerve Pain?

Let's take a look at what some of the first signs of Sciatica are. Symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Leg and/or thigh pain
  • Low back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Pain that travels from the back, buttock, and down throughout the leg
  • Burning, numbness, or tingling down one leg
  • Inflammation
  • Consistent pain or aches in one side of the leg or the buttock 
  • Pain when standing or sitting, significantly more than when laying down
Certain movements and motions will accentuate the pain you experience with sciatica. For example, just the simple action of standing up or a violent sneeze can cause sharp, searing pain. 

Regardless of the location of your pain, when you begin noticing consistent discomfort and aching you should always seek medical attention

Facts About Sciatica

One confusing detail about sciatica is that it is not a diagnosis in and of itself. What this means is that sciatica is a name given for specific symptoms that are caused by a different underlying condition. 

Here is an analogy for better understanding. Consider a bee sting. If you are stung in your arm by a bee, you will feel pain in your arm.  

That pain is the symptom (like sciatica). However, the underlying problem is the actual bee sting/stinger. 

Therefore, when sciatica is experienced, the professional Doctors at Arrowhead Clinic must uncover what is causing the pain. 

Causes

What are the most common causes of sciatica?

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  • Herniated Discs

Herniated discs (which are also called pinched nerves or slipped discs) occurs when the soft, inner substance of the disc breaks out of the harder exterior and leaks onto the outer disc.

This leads to pain and significant irritation in the surrounding area.

  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)

A disc may weaken over time to the point that it will irritate surrounding roots and eventually lead to sciatica.

Bone spurs can also occur during DDD. Bone spurs will rub against your nerves and are can be excruciatingly painful. 

  • Spondylolisthesis

If you suffer a spinal fracture (having one vertebra slip onto another vertebra), the disc can collapse which can send bone fragments into the spinal canal and lead to sciatica.

This is often caused by car accidents and falls.

  • Lumbar spinal stenosis

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis refers to the narrowing of your spinal canal. This applies pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that travel along the spine.

Aging (commonly 60 years or older) is heavily linked to this condition.

  • Pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy, the position of the baby and additional weight are important to look at. Both of these factors can add unhealthy strain and pressure on the sciatic nerve.

  • Muscle spasms/strain

Repetitive strain or quick jolts on your lower back can ultimately lead to inflammation and pressure on your sciatic nerve.

  • Scar tissue

If your scar tissue reaches the point that it compresses a nerve root, then it can lead to sciatica.

Treatment

Treatment Methods For Sciatica

Chiropractic Care performed by Dr. Antjuan Mitchell at Arrowhead's Albany Clinic is effective at treating sciatica symptoms and discovering the underlying concerns.

Some of the methods that doctors commonly use for sciatica include the following:

  • Spinal Adjustments

At the very core of chiropractic treatment, you'll find spinal manipulation. The spine is integral to the overall functioning of the body. Therefore, it is a critical place to look first when an individual is in pain.

Chiropractic Adjustments can vary from very little force to a swift, high-velocity thrust. Doctors use their discretion, keeping the injury/condition in mind along with the patient. 

However, spinal adjustments are not painful.

These adjustments require great precision and skill.

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  • Spinal Decompression Therapy

The goal of spinal decompression is to safely and slowly create a negative pressure between your spine's vertebrae by safely stretching your backbone.

This controlled, steady pull of your back will cause bulging discs to retract while also increasing local blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to cells.

This method leads to better mobility and fewer aches over time with multiple chiropractic sessions. Whether you suffer sciatica, back pain, neck pain, or whiplash; spinal decompression is significantly effective.

  • Ice/Cold Therapy

Cold therapy is widely used in many medical settings. Icing decreases overall swelling and eases the pain.

This therapy decreases swelling and eases sciatic nerve sensors pain.

  • Ultrasound

Ultrasound is utilized to sooth cells through sound waves. This helps improve circulation and will minimize stiffness, pain, and swelling.

  • TENS

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS)is a small, box-like battery powered, portable muscular stimulation machine. To relieve acute pain, it sends variable intensities of electrical current through the wires and pads.

  • Exercises

Performing particular exercises and stretches can help with Sciatica by increasing your flexibility, reducing swelling, and strengthening the muscle tissue that surrounds your backbone. 

Exercising also inherently prevents obesity, which tends to add additional stress to your spine.

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It is important to remember that sciatica itself is simply a symptom of another underlying condition. It is critical to seek professional medical care to uncover what is causing your sciatica.

If you are suffering from Sciatica in Albany, Georgia, you need to contact Arrowhead Chiropractic Clinic in Albany. Dr. Antjuan Mitchell will provide the exceptional and personalized treatment you need.

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