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Topic – Sciatica Relief
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RC: Hello everyone. This is Liz Harvey coming to you from our studios in New York City where we are dedicated to bringing you top quality advice from many of the leading expert professionals across the U.S.
In today’s episode, we are speaking with chiropractor Dr. John Vilkelis of Vilkelis Chiropractic, located on West 57th Street in New York City. Dr. Vilkelis has been in chiropractic practice for over 20 years since graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has been affiliated with the New York Theater Ballet as well as local and regional rugby all-star teams. He has been awarded for his work treating many emergency care workers and support staff in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center in 2001.
Dr. Vilkelis is widely considered to be one of the top chiropractors in the U.S. and is also a contributing member of our national network of industry professionals.
RC: Today we’re going to talk about a very important topic: Sciatica Relief
RC: Hi, Dr. Vilkelis, how are you today?
Dr. John Vilkelis: I’m very good, Liz. How are you?
RC: I’m great. Thanks for joining me.
Sciatica is the term used to describe the pain stemming from the sciatic nerve. Where is this nerve located and why does it cause pain?
Dr. John Vilkelis: The nerve is compiled of different nerve roots that come out of your spine all the way at the bottom of your spine in your lumbar region. All of these nerve roots combine and they go down to supply organs in your pelvis and then go down into your legs and feet. The reasons that you can get pain there, there are a few. You can get pain there because your lumbar spine is subluxated or not in the right place, so it puts pressure on the nerve and that can cause pain. You can get pain from a disc bulge putting pressure on the nerve or you can get pain from a constriction of the musculature across the sacroiliac joint between your sacrum and your pelvis and that can create sciatica as well.
Can you describe some of the symptoms of sciatica and the type of pain that people experience?
Dr. John Vilkelis: The symptoms vary quite a bit between patients. It really depends on how it’s affecting them, but common pain would be that, first, they’re going to get pain going down from the buttocks down the posterior thigh and then down the lateral or outside of the lower leg and all the way down into the feet. They can also get tingling anywhere along or completely along that same nerve pathway. Sometimes, it’s very burning. Sometimes, it’s stabbing. They can get all kinds of pain like that, all nerve generated pain.
How do chiropractors provide relief from sciatica?
Dr. John Vilkelis: A few different ways. The first one is with the chiropractic adjustment where it realigns the spine and corrects the subluxation so it takes the pressure off the nerve. Often times, that will also move the disc bulge away from the nerve so that it’s not putting pressure there. If you have a disc bulge that is causing your sciatica, it can be moved away from there. Then lastly, through some soft tissue work where you’re working the muscle to loosen it up, and you’re also stretching the musculature to open up the joint so it takes the pressure off of the sciatic nerve.
Can sciatica be completely healed or does it always recur?
Dr. John Vilkelis: It can certainly be completely healed. I have many patients that have sought treatment with me, and after a course of treatment, they’ve never had the sciatica come back. What it really means is most of the time when it comes back is that either the patient has a degenerative condition that allows it to keep showing up again or the patient didn’t work on the treatment and work on the problem long enough because it really takes somewhere between 12 and 18 months for all the soft tissue to heal, and that includes the nerve. If you give it the right amount of time, you can fix it so that it’s gone.
What can people do at home to help with the pain from sciatica?
Dr. John Vilkelis: Some of the things that they can do are some stretching, as directed by your chiropractor, and to stretch things like the gluteus medius and the piriformis muscles. That will help to open things up. Stretching the hamstrings and the psoas muscles will also help to take pressure off of the low back and will often help to alleviate sciatic pain. If they’re suffering from it in the moment, they can ice the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine so that they’re able to get the inflammation down and that’s always a big part of the problem when people have sciatic pain is that there’s a lot of inflammation. If you get the inflammation down, you’re going to be more comfortable, but all of those are band-aids if you’re not under a chiropractor’s care to get it corrected.
RC: All right. Thank you, Dr. Vilkelis. We know you’re extremely busy. I just want to thank you for your time and help today.
Dr. John Vilkelis: You’re welcome. Thanks for having me on, Liz.
RC: For our listeners across the country, if you are interested in speaking with Dr. John Vilkelis, you can either go online to vilkelischiropractic.com or call (212)582-9704 to schedule an appointment. On behalf of our entire team, we want to thank you for listening and we look forward to bringing you more top quality content from our country’s leading experts.