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Sciatica: What is it?
Here's the good news: Sciatica is effectively treated on a routine basis by Dr. Casey Ferguson DC, your Eugene Chiropractor!
Here is the bad news: Without treatment, sciatica tends to become chronic, and often debilitating.
Sciatica is typically described as a distracting pain that starts with a "pull" in the low back that continues to tighten, followed by pain that starts to extend down the back of one or both legs. Those who suffer from sciatica are often in their 40's-50's, and in the acute stage the pain is greatest in the low back, and then begins to extend down one or both legs. This pain is often increased with long periods of time spent sitting, which is often seen in patients who spend extended periods of sitting behind a computer at work.
Like a large river system, there are five pairs of nerves that exit the spine in the low back that flow together to form the two sciatic nerves. The soft disk between each vertebrae is often involved in sciatic pain, which with a bulged disk, can act like a dam by applying pressure to one or more of these nerves. This results in swelling and inflammation which increases the pain, and thus results in the extension of pain down the legs.
Often patients experience a worsening of pain when resting in bed, coughing or sneezing. Though pain pills and muscle relaxers provide relief, they don't correct the cause, which is the compression of the nerves. Fortunately, sciatica often responds to safe, natural chiropractic care. Improvement in joint motion with chiropractic adjustments has resulted in relief for millions of patients. Dr. Casey Ferguson DC, your Eugene chiropractor is uniquely skilled to evaluated and reduce the most common causes of sciatic nerve pain with many available treatment options.
How long will it take to get relief?
Typically, patients experience a significant reduction in pain in the first few visits, but to fully correct and resolve sciatica, it often takes weeks to months, as the tissues take time to heal. Just like when get a paper cut, the pain goes away long before the skin is fully healed, all other tissues in the body (e.g. disks) take time to heal, but aren't necessarily painful throughout the healing process. Naturally, this varies patient to patient.
Call 541-654-5499 to start getting relief TODAY!
Dr. Casey Ferguson DC has obtained the postgraduate designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™). The CCSP® certification requires the doctor to attend a minimum of 100 hours of a 120 hour postgraduate program. This instruction is specific to physical fitness and the evaluation and treatment of injuries encountered in sports. Following the completion of these hours, the doctor must then take and successfully pass a comprehensive written examination.
This training will aid the doctor in the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries by enhancing his diagnostic skills and patient care. The CCSP® certification exists to provide a uniform standard of education that assures teams and athletes that the doctor has met a minimum level of competency in chiropractic sports medicine. Dr. Ferguson DC joins over 5500 others internationally who hold this designation.
If you are interested in having your sports event covered, please contact Dr. Ferguson DC at 541-654-5499.
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