People who suffer from sciatica are at risk for developing muscle atrophy. A British study found that patients with sciatica had decreased muscle mass, also known as muscle atrophy.
Muscle atrophy occurs in people that have a restricted range of motion due to an injury or medical condition. Developing atrophy can further reduce muscle strength and mobility. In patients with low-back pain, weakened muscles can cause patients to compensate in other ways, often leading to further injury.
That’s why it’s important to seek treatment for sciatica before it worsens. Unlike medications, chiropractic treatment actually addresses the cause of sciatica – an injury or disc herniation that pinches the sciatica nerve. Chiropractors adjust and realign the spine to reduce pressure on the sciatica nerve, and in doing so, significantly relieve the pain. Chiropractic treatment, along with strong core and back muscles, is a powerful way to recover and prevent sciatica.
If you're experiencing the pain of sciatica, contact our office today at 919-790-2288 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dale Patrick. The sooner you address the cause of your pain, the sooner you can experience pain relief and greater mobility.
Ploumis A, Michailidis N, Christodoulou P, Kalaitzoglou I, Gouvas G, Beris A. Ipsilateral atrophy of paraspinal and psoas muscle in unilateral back pain patients with monosegmental degenerative disc disease. British Journal of Radiology. November 2010.0: 58136533Article provided by ChiroHosting