The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body, and it controls the muscles in the back of your knees and lower legs. Sciatica occurs when you have pain or weakness starting in your lower back and extending down one of your legs. To alleviate your pain, Dr. Katie Thompson uses a gentle adjusting technique that restores your nerve's functionality. Call or make an appointment online today at The Health Improvement Center in Vienna, Virginia, to receive her “whole patient” chiropractic care.
Sciatica is a symptom of a pinched nerve that could be caused by:
Sciatica presents as pain radiating along the path of the sciatic nerve on one side. Your sciatic nerve branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down your legs. You feel a shooting pain that makes standing or sitting nearly impossible, and it worsens when you sneeze or cough.
When you see Dr. Thompson for sciatica, she reviews your medical history and symptoms. She also performs a physical exam that includes having you do activities that increase the sciatica pain while also checking your muscle strength and reflexes. These include:
Dr. Thompson uses gentle adjusting techniques to reduce sciatica pain. These include:
Dr. Thompson uses a small, handheld, spring-loaded instrument to deliver gentle impulse force to your spine. The Impulse Adjusting Technique helps restore motion to the targeted spinal vertebra.
Dr. Thompson uses a tapping movement that uses your sensory nerve terminals to free you from pain.
Applied Kinesiology helps Dr. Thompson evaluate your body through the dynamics of your musculoskeletal system using specific muscle weakness signals to determine the cause of internal problems.
Dr. Thompson also recommends:
For relief from sciatica pain, call or make an appointment online today with Dr. Thompson at The Health Improvement Center.