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Sciatica, Leg Pain and Numbness

A common cause of pain and/or pins and needles (tingling and numbness) which travels (radiates) down the leg and sometimes into the feet and toes is Sciatica.  Sciatica is a nerve which exits the spine at the low back area and gives sensation (sensory) and strength (motor) to the leg areas. Usually this nerve which is “pinched” is “pinched” due to a disc injury and/or a malposition (subluxation) of the vertebrae.

A disc injury can occur due to trauma to the spine.  This can be sudden (acute) like a recent car accident or a sports injury or can last longer (chronic) potentially attributable to an older injury or accident.  An MRI (magnetic resonance image) is the best method of determining the condition of the disc.

Gentle specific chiropractic spinal adjustments can provide immediate and effective relief of these symptoms.

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