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Pinched Nerves


Intense Leg Pain Intense leg pain.... numbness.... tingling, burning or pain radiating through your lower back. Any or all these symptoms are frequently associated with "sciatica." While all leg pain is not sciatic in nature, the extent of sciatica is best determined by Dr. Cady.

Simply defined, sciatica is an extremely painful condition involving your sciatica nerve. The sciatic is the largest and longest nerve in the human body which extends along the back of the leg from the buttocks to the inside of the ankle. When the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed or traumatized in any way, the result is agonizing, distressing and often temporarily debilitating. People often mistakenly refer to this condition as a "slipped disc."

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may feel discouraged or afraid. You may be thinking that this type of pain and physical incapacity must mean facing the risks and consequences of surgery or drugs. You may even fear that nothing will help.

However, studies have suggested chiropractic care to be helpful in the relief of the symptoms of sciatica. Dr. Cady is ready to work with you to alleviate your discomfort and restore you to better health as quickly as possible.

By designing a treatment program especially for you, Dr. Cady may be able to help you on your way to feeling better naturally without resorting to other drastic, costly and often no more effective measures.

Here's a sample program you may expect from Dr. Cady.....

If you are not familiar with a visit to the chiropractor, you will find the initial encounter similar to that of a visit to a medical doctor. It is important to take a detailed health history in order to determine the exact nature of your difficulty and to determine if the assistance of other types of health professionals is warranted. Dr. Cady is most interested in your questions and inquiries, so please don't hesitate to offer your input.

Information about the length and intensity of your condition will enable Dr. Cady to choose the most appropriate types of treatment and best offer you a comprehensive picture of your healing process.

X-rays may be ordered if applicable so that confirmation of the diagnosis may be made. Depending on the severity of your case, more thorough and specialized diagnostic tests such as a MRI scan may also be ordered.

In addition, Dr. Cady will perform a physical exam - which usually includes general physical, orthopedic and neurological assessments. This will enable the doctor to locate the areas of pain, restriction of motion, and the extent of your problem.

Treatment May Include:

Adjustments:: Removing pressure from the sciatic nerve will help relieve the pain and allow your body to heal itself. One effective way to accomplish this is through adjusting the spine and musculature. This is termed a chiropractic "adjustment." An adjustment is designed to achieve several objectives: it is intended to decrease muscle spasm and to help restore normal mobility to the area. The increased mobility is believed to promote circulation which helps ensure proper nutrition to the joints and spine, thereby decreasing irritation, inflammation and pain.

Spinal adjustments may be done by the doctor's hands and may be assisted by a special table and other special aids specifically created to facilitate the adjustment. Dr. Cady may also use a small, hand-held instrument (called an Activator) which allows the application of a specific low force to the needed area without discomfort to you.

Adjustments are continued throughout the healing process. In addition to adjustments, Dr. Cady may also employ Physical Therapy to help speed your recovery.

We understand your discomfort and appreciate having the opportunity to work with you for your complete healing. We believe you will find that the knowledge and relief you gain through working with Dr. Cady may make a difference for your good health and comfort right now and in the future.

The better you are able to comply with the recommended treatments and schedule, the more likely your recovery will be complete and effective in the shortest time possible.

The Chiropractic Approach:

For nearly a century, doctors of chiropractic have cared for the health needs of millions of people. Dr. Cady is concerned not only in helping you overcome the pain and disability that spinal and musculoskeletal problems create, but also in helping you stay fit and enjoy life to the fullest. Call us today at 408-739-2273 to make an appointment.