The term sciatica often describes symptoms of leg pain that start in the lower back and move through the buttock down the big sciatic nerve in the back of the leg. Sometimes instead of pain, people experience tingling, numbness or weakness in the legs. People experiencing any of these problems are very uncomfortable and will seek out sciatica treatment. Dr. Ridley is very familiar with this type of pain, and offers a number of chiropractic treatments that alleviate, and often eliminate, the pain and numbness.
People dealing with sciatica pain often describe one or more of the following symptoms:
- Constant pain in one leg or one side of the buttock. (Very rarely on both sides.)
- Sharp pain that makes it difficult to walk or just to stand up.
- Pain that seems to get worse when sitting down.
- Numbness, weakness or difficulty moving their leg or foot.
- Instead of a dull ache, people often say that the pain feels more like burning, tingling or searing.
Dr. Ridley takes a holistic approach to every patient, and will review your unique situation before making a recommendation. She has expertise in a number of disciplines, and she may recommend one or more treatments depending on your symptoms and how your body reacts once treatment has begun. Below are three typical sciatica treatment methods she employs, and the underlined text heading indicates links to other pages within this site with more information:
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a painless and completely non-invasive procedure that has helped thousands of patients become pain-free, and has been shown to be remarkably effective where surgery and other treatments have provided no relief. It uses gentle traction to relieve pressure on the vertebrae, the bones that make up the spine; and is one of the leading long-term treatment options for addressing back and neck problems.
The high-intensity light used in Cold Laser Therapy stimulates damaged cells to produce energy (ATP), which improves their function, assists their division, strengthens the body’s immune system, and causes the secretion of various beneficial proteins, hormones, and endorphins. As a result, the body’s tissues are healed, and pain is eased or eliminated
The Graston Technique uses a set of stainless steel instruments that are drawn over the skin to the affected area, and gently “break up” the scar tissue or adhesion. Since many injuries produce inflammation, muscle changes and scar tissue, this approach is helpful in creating significant, long-term changes to soft tissues throughout your body.