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Sciatica in Bellingham

Woman holding her backBurning or tingling down the leg. Pain in the buttocks or leg that worsens when sitting. Numbness, weakness, or a difficult time moving the leg or foot. These are some common symptoms of sciatica, which is considered pain that often runs down the back of the leg, even to the foot. Sciatic pain can be described in many ways: dull, achy, sharp, pins and needles or electric “shock-like” shooting leg pain.
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What Causes Sciatica?

If someone has true sciatica, the nerve is in some way being inhibited from getting its signal down the leg, and it can be a disc pushing against the nerve up in the low back. Degeneration of the spine can be a cause.

Where the nerve comes off the spinal cord, that hole can start to get smaller, and that can start to pinch onto the nerve, and that’s through a degenerative process over time. Dr. Noble often sees that a patient’s sciatic nerve is inflamed.

“So the nerve itself is inflamed, and when that happens, the signals don’t get through it. Inflammation causes heat, and heat won’t allow electricity to go through it, and symptoms arise,” he said.

Our Approach to treatment

Chiropractic care

Through chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Noble can help reduce nerve irritation that causes inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other sciatica-related symptoms.

Cold laser therapy

Using cold laser therapy helps get the inflammation down, and then gets those muscles to change their neurological pattern.

Anti-inflammatories

Taking an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen is also highly helpful.

Kinesio tape

Kinesiology tape can help alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and address spasms associated with sciatic nerve pain.

Icing at home

Applying ice reduces pain, decreases inflammation, and lessens muscle spasm.

Schedule an Appointment

Suffering from sciatica? Contact us today to book an appointment.


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