Sciatica & Hip Pain

Sciatica & Hip Pain Management with de Wet Chiropractic in Napa

Prolonged sitting especially in a slouched position causes increased pressure upon the intervertebral discs and imbalances in the muscles surrounding the spine. Eventually the lower spine loses its normal function and no longer can accommodate the normal day-to-day stresses in one’s life.

Ultimately, the intervertebral disc develops small fissures or cracks allowing the soft nucleus to protrude the disc outward. If the disc pushes upon sensitive tissues one feels pain and this is often referred to as a slipped disc. If the disc presses on the spinal nerve a person can develop sciatica which is defined as pain, tingling, numbness and sometimes weakness in their lower extremities. Sometimes if the disc protrusion is large and the condition is not managed correctly, surgery is required to remove the herniated disc material.

While treatment is very similar to the treatment for lower back pain, there are specific additional treatments such as intersegmental tractional adjustments which help this specific condition.

Hip Pain:

To understand why you have hip pain, it helps to be familiar with the anatomy of your hip. The hip joint consists of two parts: the hip socket and the rounded “ball” at the top of the thigh bone that fits into it.

A smooth, glossy substance, called cartilage, covers the two bone surfaces where they meet, providing a cushion for ease of motion. You move this joint every time you take a step. It flexes, extends and moves out to the side.

When the cartilage thins out and breaks down, unprotected bone surfaces rub against each other. This causes swelling, inflammation and pain.