Chiropractic & Natural health

Case Of The Month: Acute Sciatica


If you have ever had sciatica, you know it is not fun. This excruciating pain happens when the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed. In this ‘Case of The Month’ we’ll call our patient Bill. Last week he was helping a carpenter build a deck in his backyard. After a few days of work, Bill’s sacroiliac joint became very painful. He came to our office. With a few simple adjustments and some work on the related trigger points he was much better. Then, he went on a four hour drive. After that, the outer side of his leg was on fire. It wasn’t true sciatica when the pain was around the sacroiliac joint, but when it started down the leg … it was. Fortunately, he was able to get in this morning for an additional treatment which included adjustments, trigger point therapy, and some stripping of the leg muscles. He felt much better leaving. I sent Bill home with four instructions: roll out hip trigger points with a golf ball; roll the outer thigh (IT Band) with his foam roller; do more bridge exercises; and make sure he has good lumbar support – whether he’s in his car or at home on the sofa. Bill had also been taking some Tylenol 3s that he said he’d now stop taking thanks to his chiropractic care. It’s always a pleasure to help someone in need. Thank you Bill for trusting me for your health care. Give us a call if you are in need of help.

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