Chiropractor Chapel Hill, NC
A licensed chiropractic physician with over 26 years of clinical experience, Dr. Lisa Oskardmay understands how to help patients by asking this question. Sciatica is a complex healthcare problem that deserves attentive care; at Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill, we help patients recover from sciatica and learn ways to keep it from returning. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective hands-on healing procedure that can restore the body’s innate healing response to balance muscle disturbance and postural distortion seen in sciatica. Dr. Oskardmay takes the time needed to understand each person’s unique needs to achieve complete healing.
What is Sciatica?
Sciatica, named for the interference with the sciatic nerve innervating the lower extremity, afflicts thousands of Americans annually due to injury or just from sitting. The sciatic nerve is the nerve bundle comprised of the lower three lumbar segments: L3,4,5 that travels under the sacral located piriformis muscle to redistribute fibers to the lower leg. In sciatica, sharp or dull pain begins in the back and travels down the back of one leg; rarely are both legs affected.
The mild or severe pain can be in the lower back, gluteal region, hips and can radiate down to the lower extremity below the knees and even into the feet. Additionally, one may experience burning and or numbness in the feet. Patients undergoing sciatica will have difficulty walking due to muscle weakness in the legs and possibly the feet. Dr. Oskardmay will evaluate all areas of pain and strive to determine the origin of sciatica pain. Be sure to tell her all your symptoms and any X-rays, MRI, and other materials to avoid redundancy.
Disability from sciatic nerve pain varies from individual to individual; many people find it hard to attend to their normal daily activities because it is hard to sit or stand, walk or drive. Sciatica may affect one’s ability to sleep, and medications to treat the pain and sleep disturbance have their side effects. Many patients lack safe and adequate pain relief and cannot exercise or enjoy life when they have sciatica. At Acupractic, we understand that sciatica and other types of pain affect people in many important ways. It is our goal to help patients achieve pain reduction quickly and safely. Dr. Oskardmay always performs an adequate physical exam and reviews health history before performing any chiropractic adjustment. She takes time to listen to patients to learn their needs and help them as needed.
Sciatic nerve disturbance occurs at the spinal level from nerve impingement. Misaligned vertebrae put undue pressure on portions of the nerve, hypertonicity of surrounding muscles and ligaments contribute to the problem. Using massage, precise vertebral adjustment, and other techniques, Dr. Oskardmay helps many people recover from sciatica naturally.