The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, and in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
---Attributed to Thomas Edison

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic is a natural method of health care that treats the causes of physical problems rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: With a healthy lifestyle and normal functioning spinal joints and nerves, your body is better able to heal itself. Thatís because the spinal cord, which is protected by the spine, is the main pathway of your nervous system. It controls movement, feeling, and function throughout your body.

Dr. Weber has nine years of professional training in the sciences and health care, leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. He works to restore your health and guide you in a personalized approach to overall wellness.

 

 

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your lower spine, through your buttocks, and into your leg and foot. When the sciatic nerve is inflamed, it can cause numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in your lower back and legs.

Inflamed Joint
If a bone (vertebra) in your lower back isn't moving properly or is out of position, the joint can become inflamed and irritate the sciatic nerve.

 

Bulging Disc
If one of the cushions (discs) between your vertebrae is bulging, it can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

 

 

Muscle Spasm
If a muscle in your back or buttocks is inflamed or tightening (in spasm), it can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

 

 

 

Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?

Dr. Weber looks at your overall health--focusing not only on your sciatica, but also on your lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the best treatment for your problem.

History

To help identify the cause of your sciatica, you and Dr. Weber will discuss  your symptoms, such as where you feel pain. Dr. Weber also asks about any prior injuries, your health history, and your lifestyle, including  work-related and leisure activities.

Physical Exam

Physical, orthopedic (bone and muscle), and neurological (nerve) tests can reveal the condition of your vertebrae, discs, and muscles in your spine. Dr. Weber gently touches and moves your spine to locate muscle spasms and pain, and to see how well each vertebra moves.

Tests

X-rays may be done to reveal any problems with your vertebrae. If needed, other imaging tests, such as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), may be used to show detailed images of discs, nerves, and other soft tissue.

Diagnosis

Based on the result of your exam and tests, Dr. Weber may recommend an individualized treatment program to relieve the irritation that's causing your pain and other symptoms. If needed, he will also consult with or refer you to other medical specialists.

 

 

 

How Does a Chiropractor Treat Sciatica?            

Dr. Weber is trained to restore the health of your spine and sciatic nerve. Special chiropractic methods, called adjustments, may relieve the irritation that's causing your low-back or leg pain.

Spinal Adjustments

Your treatment depends on the cause of your sciatica. During a spinal adjustment, Dr. Weber gently presses on your spine to relieve irritated nerves and increase movement in your joints.

Related Treatment

Dr. Weber may recommend other types of treatment to relieve irritated nerves. These treatments may include electrical stimulation, ice or heat, massage, traction, or ultrasound. Dr. Weber can discuss these with you personally.

 

What Can I Do to Keep My Back in Shape?

Whether you're lying down, standing, or sitting, keep your spine straight and well supported. Be sure to follow the exercise program Dr. Weber gives you.

Spinal Checkups

Just as you need regular dental exams, you also need regular spinal exams. Even if you don't have symptoms, chiropractic care is one of the best ways to manage or prevent spinal problems and maintain a healthier life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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