Posted by: Dr. Paul Zemella - Santa Barbara Chiropractor | August 21, 2011

Chiropractic Care and Sciatica

Santa Barbara Chiropractors are doctors who specialize in the care of non-surgical conditions of the low back with gentle, time-saving approaches that address the mechanical and neurological causes of sciatica.

Santa Barbara Chiropractors are rigorously trained to diagnose the different causes of leg pain associated with sciatica. Your chiropractor will take an extensive history and provide a comprehensive examination to determine whether you have disc-related sciatica or whether stenosis, mechanical spinal conditions and spinal joint restriction, or nerve entrapment are contributing to your leg pain.

The goal of chiropractic care in treating sciatica is to optimize motion in the spine, treat the spinal discs, reduce muscle spasm, and improve muscular strength.
Santa Barbara Chiropractors are specialists in spinal manipulation—an active, hands-on care that returns motion to the spine. Depending on the cause of your leg pain, your chiropractor will choose a treatment plan that addresses the cause of your sciatic nerve inflammation.
How a Chiropractor Diagnoses Sciatica

Even if you go to the Santa Barbara Chiropractors complaining leg pain and low back pain, he or she will evaluate your spine as a whole. The chiropractor will check your neck (cervical spine), mid-back (thoracic spine), and low back (lumbar spine). It’s important to examine the entire spine because even though it’s just your low back that hurts, other regions of the spine may be affected.

Your Santa Barbara Chiropractors will determine areas of restricted joint motion, disc injury, muscle spasm, and ligament injury. One way the chiropractor does that is through motion and static palpation. Motion and static palpation is an examination by means of touch. The chiropractor will feel for tenderness, tightness, and how well each spinal joint moves.

The Santa Barbara Chiropractors will also analyze how you walk and look at your overall posture and spinal alignment. Those details will help your chiropractor understand your body mechanics and how well your spine is working and moving. You will be examined using standard neurological and orthopedic tests to rule out a herniated disc, a vascular problem or another organic cause for the leg pain.

You’ll also go through your past medical history with the chiropractor. Your chiropractor will have x-rays of your spine taken, or an MRI if it is indicated, to evaluate possible degenerative changes.
After the examination, the chiropractor will be better able to create an effective treatment plan for your leg pain.

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