There’s a natural process that occurs with any type of injury, whether that’s from trauma or repetitive overuse. Injury creates inflammation and inflammation creates adhesions within the soft tissues. Inflammation triggers the cells of the body to come in and repair the area.
As of now, our office remains open. However, we are reducing in-office hours at the clinic to reduce exposure for staff and patients. For those that cannot make in-office visits, telehealth appointments are now available. Dr. Shaw and Dr. Donahue are now accepting appointments.
Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself. However, it can sometimes have a negative effect if not managed correctly. Signs of acute inflammation include redness, pain, heat and swelling. A good example of this is a sprained ankle. We manage these episodes of inflammation to promote proper healing. Inflammation can also affect our body’s normal physiology if it becomes chronic. This inflammation is often ignored, as it occurs without any noticeable symptoms initially.
When someone is struggling with sciatic nerve issues it can be debilitating. Like many conditions, the advice we give can be just as important as the treatment itself. In the case of sciatica, eliminating nerve stretch is necessary in order for the symptoms to calm down or to avoid flare-ups.
Sciatica can be brought on by compression of the nerve by surrounding tissues. When that compression is found in the hip area, a group of muscles, that originate at the tailbone and attach to the hip, are often the culprit. This is often referred to as Piriformis Syndrome. The piriformis is the largest of those muscles. Along with pain, symptoms such as numbness and tingling and weakness can also be present.
Irritation to the sciatic nerve can happen due to a traumatic injury or as the result of repetitive use. Before treatment can take place a proper diagnosis has to be made. The diagnosis is not only important to confirm that the sciatic nerve is affected, but also to know the location or locations where the nerve is being irritated.