Is sciatica pain stopping you from living an active life? Sciatica pain usually does not simply “go away” without effective care. East Brunswick chiropractor Dr. Ken Freedman has more than 37 years of experience helping people find relief from sciatica and prevents it from returning. Dr. Freedman’s approach is different from conventional medicine that relies on medication to temporarily “mask” the symptoms of pain. Instead, Dr. Freedman creates custom care programs to address underlying nerve interference. This drug-free, non-invasive care improves your body’s ability to heal itself and naturally moves better so you can return to living a healthy, active life.
Understanding Sciatica: What Causes My Pain?
Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed. This nerve compression interferes with energy flow, disturbs muscle, joint and organ function and can trigger a radiating or numbing pain sensation that travels along the length of the sciatic nerve. Pain may travel from the lower spine through the buttock and down the back of the leg.
Pain sensations can vary widely. Depending on the type of nerve interference you may experience a radiating or numbing sensation, a mild ache or a sharp, burning pain. This pain may intensify when you cough or sneeze. Prolonged sitting can also intensify the pain. If you sit for long hours at work, for example, or spend significant time commuting in your car, you may find the pain especially intense at the end of a long work day. If this condition does not receive early attention, it can progress to the point where the pain can be excruciating and totally disabling.
As long as nerve interference persists, you will continue to experience pain. This is why medication and painkillers deliver limited relief. Drugs simply mask your brain’s ability to perceive the sciatica pain. Once the drugs wear off, the pain returns.
Sciatica Care Philosophy: Why Our East Brunswick Chiropractor is Different
Our East Brunswick chiropractor Dr. Freedman believes there is a better, more effective way to address sciatica pain. Dr. Freedman believes the body functions best when the energy that travels over the nervous system is free of interference. This allows the body to heal better, move better and perform at its best mentally and physically.
A misalignment in the spine can negatively affect the central nervous system’s ability to send and receive messages between the brain and the body’s organs. In fact, your sciatica pain could be a symptom of bigger health problems in your body. Dr. Freedman’s care is designed to eliminate nerve interference so the body can naturally heal itself.
Our whole body approach includes evaluating the alignment of your body’s hips, knees and feet. If they are out of alignment, it can adversely affect the alignment of the lower back, produce nerve irritation and sciatica. In addition to chiropractic care, dietary modification and weight loss may also help. For example, every extra pound of fat on a person translates into 4 extra pounds of stress on the lower back. This increases strain on the joints and exacerbates nerve irritation. Proper alignment and lifestyle adjustments may help reduce the risk for future nerve interference, pain and health problems. Should the cause of your sciatica require medical attention, Dr. Freedman will refer you to the appropriate provider quickly.
I started seeing Dr. Freedman in July of 2015. I woke up one day, unable to move, after a nagging pain in my lower back the night before. I called many chiropractors that day, and none would see me, except Dr. Freedman. Turned out I had a pinched nerve in my neck! I’m extremely happy that they were the ones to pick up the phone that day. After a series of exams, Ken began to treat me, and I felt a huge difference immediately. Just over a year later, I’m seeing Ken once a week, and on the road to lessening my visits. I feel stronger, more focused, clearer of mind, and spirit. His treatments, as well as his back power exercises have helped me to live a healthier, and happier life. I’m a professional musician, and I’ve noticed a marked difference in my playing, my creativity, and my motivation. My whole life has seen a drastic improvement. I’m back on the road with a new band in September 2016, and couldn’t feel more ready and able to make all my dreams a reality. Thanks to the kindness, and caring of Dr. Ken Freedman I have drastically improved my quality of life overall. I not only trust him with the health and well being of my spine, but of my energy too. He always has an ear to bend if you need it because understanding your life’s energy is an important part of Ken’s treatments. I look forward to my visits, and to achieving all my ambitions thanks to Dr. Ken Freedman. If you are thinking of using any other chiropractor, don’t. Dr. Freedman is the best there is in my opinion.