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The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the human body. It extends from the lower back, through the buttocks and down the back of each leg. Trauma from an automobile accident can injure this nerve directly. This is because the large lower back muscles run directly over the sciatic nerve. The impact from an auto accident can also cause disc herniation. Forces cause the disc to injure, and its inner gel seeps out into the spinal canal and irritates the sciatic nerve resulting in sciatica pain. Sciatic pain can take different forms. It may feel like an electrical shock along the leg or a cramp in the leg along with low back pain. Other symptoms of sciatica pain include tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. Pain often presents as acute and worsens with long periods of standing or sitting. An experienced Austin Texas chiropractor like Dr. Roy A. Logan can help with recovery from sciatica due to a car collision.
Dr. Roy A. Logan is your Austin Texas auto accident injury chiropractor who offers a multi-faceted treatment plan for car injures like sciatica. Often, treatment plans include spinal adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy and nutritional counseling. Each therapeutic treatment modality is designed to work together and enhance the healing and recovery process. Dr. Roy A. Logan takes a full medical history of patients, complete a comprehensive examination and orders X-rays or MRIs when needed for a diagnosis.
With gentle spinal adjustments, the discs and spinal joints are realigned into proper position. This eliminates the sciatic nerve from being impinged and causing pain. While several adjustments may be needed, patients often experience some degree of pain relief after just one adjustment. Massage therapy is the ideal adjunct therapy to spinal adjustments. It relaxes the muscles to better accept the adjustment. Plus, it increases blood flow and oxygenation to the injured area for the delivery of nutrients to speed up the body’s natural healing process.
In physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises help alleviate pain associated with sciatica. Ultrasound or laser therapy may also be used. Ultrasound uses sound waves to reduce inflammation and pain, while laser therapy utilizes light energy to reduce pain and accelerate healing on a cellular level.
If you’ve got sciatica pain from a car accident, turn to the Chiropractic Offices of Roy A. Logan for an effective treatment plan. Our goal is to eliminate your pain. Give us a call at 512-215-3256 to schedule an appointment today.