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Do you have pain radiating down your leg? looking for a chiropractor in bloomington, indiana?

We will get to the root cause of your pain, so when we treat it, it will not only feel better but be less likely to return. 

That is the Drummond Difference. 

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IS YOUR sciatica PAIN LIMITING YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE? 

We will get to the root cause of your pain, so when we treat it, it will not only feel better but be less likely to return. Each chiropractor in our multi-chiropractor clinic are sciatica pain specialists. One of our chiropractors should be able to see you today!  

Did you know sciatica pain can be caused by imbalances of the feet? 

Sciatica pain can also be referred from a pinched nerve in the back, buttock, groin, and even from the feet.

Regardless of the cause of your sciatica pain, our chiropractor will find it with a thorough history and exam, then determine the best treatment plan for it, even if it means referring you out. Our chiropractors are more affordable than orthopedic surgeons, gynecologists and other diagnostic health practitioners, so start with us, and if able, we will get you back pain free as soon as possible. 

This is why when you make an appointment with us for your pelvic pain, we will evaluate more than just your low back and hips. We will get to the root cause of your pain to determine if you are a good candidate for chiropractic care. If not, we will help you find a specialist who can help you.

LOOKING FOR HOME REMEDIES FOR SCIATICA RELIEF? 

Scroll down for stretches, exercises and other home remedies for sciatica pain relief. Before you try any new remedy, talk with your health care provider to verify it is appropriate for your specific condition. Hopefully that is one of our chiropractors here at Drummond Chiropractic. We are more than neck and pain chiropractors. We have Dr. McCoy, a sports chiropractic specialist on staff, with specialized training with sciatica, be it from sports, or from regular day activities like misstepping off a curb, lunging for an object falling off a counter, carrying your children up the stairs, starting a new exercise regimen or reaching for your toothbrush. You do not have to be an elite athlete to take advantage of his skills with any of your injuries. Plus, you do not want to be trying to stretch away your pain if it is pain referring from a diseased organ. So why wait? Click here to schedule with one of our chiropractors today.

UNDER DIAGNOSED SKELETAL CAUSES OF SCIATICA

Have you already tried chiropractic for sciatica, only to have temporary relief, or worsened by the treatment? If so, talk to your chiropractor about the possibility of your pain coming from an sacroiliac joint sprain. Each chiropractor here at Drummond Chiropractic has a simple exam that will immediately tell you if you do have a sprained sacroiliac joint that is causing your sciatica. If you do, wearing an SI belt will be a game changer!

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The sacroiliac joint is the joints on either side of the tail bone. The are technically "immovable joints" because no muscle is designed to move them. However, they do "wiggle". Ligaments prevent them from wiggling too much. Injury (falling on your buttock, car crash, etc), delivery of a baby, prolonged sitting can cause these ligaments to elongate, allowing the sacroiliac joint to wiggle too much. This causes it to inflame, which can radiate pain out to the buttocks, up the back and down to the hips. Muscles surrounding the sacroiliac joint spasm, attempting to stabilize the sacroiliac joint, but this can also cause pain, or worse, irritate the nerves that supply the leg and cause sciatica. 

Normally a chiropractor does not prescribe bracing for back pain because bracing can result in weakening the muscles you need to strengthen. But sacroiliac sprains need bracing because there are no muscles designed to hold the pelvic together, so there is no risk of muscles weakening. In fact, stabilizing the pelvis with an sacroiliac belt allows the spastic muscles to relax and the muscles that anchor to the pelvic work properly.

To learn more, watch our videos on SI Sprains and how to use an SI belt:




Again, our chiropractors take the time to get to the root cause of your sciatica.  If it is an sacroiliac sprain, our treatment will not provide instantaneous relief, but will provide instantaneous healing which will lead to pain relief within a month or two. Why wait? Start today.

What is sciatica?

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Sciatica is what the sciatic nerve is inflamed, causing the sensation of severe leg pain. 

What is the sciatic nerve?

 The sciatic nerve is the nerve that transmits signals to and from the thigh, lower leg and foot is the sciatic nerve (Figure to the left). If something is wrong with the foot, the sciatic nerve transmits the sensation of pain from the foot to the brain, and you feel foot pain. If something is wrong with the leg, again, the sciatic nerve will transmit this information to the brain and you will feel leg pain. 

But if the sciatic nerve is pinched at the region of the buttock or at it's nerve rootlets in the low back, the nerve itself is hurting, causing it to fire it's signal "leg pain" to the brain. This causes the brain not only to feel the sensation of leg pain, but at a greater intensity, as the nerve itself is inflamed and irritated. 

Think of nerves as only being able to transmit one piece of information to the brain. All the sciatic nerve can say is "foot pain", "leg pain", "buttock pain".  So when the nerve itself is hurt, all it can scream to the brain are these few things, starting with "buttock pain". 

The more pinched the sciatic nerve is, the further down the leg the pain is felt. It starts adding "thigh pain," then "leg pain" finally "foot pain" too. That is why we say that if the pain is retreating from the foot, and centralizing into the buttock, even if the pain is more intense, it is a sign of improvement. If the pain is going further down the leg, especially if it is lessening at the root (back or buttock), this is a bad sign. 

The more pinched the nerve is, the more difficult it is for the nerve to send it's message to the brain. That is why nerve symptoms like tingling, strange sensations and numbness are so important not to ignore.  If there is any weakness, then the nerve is at risk of permanent damage, and time is of the essence, where you may no longer have time for our chiropractor to get you well, and our chiropractor may refer you out for surgery. 

We can't stress enough, if you have sciatica, do not wait. Make an appointment with one of our chiropractors, or a health care provider who is knowledgable in treating sciatica. 

What about if the pain is in the front of the thigh?

Then it is not sciatica. The sciatic nerve does not supply the front of the thigh. The femoral nerve does. Unlike the sciatic nerve, which exits the spinal column through the buttock, the femoral nerve exits higher up, through the low back. If the pain is in the front of the thigh, the root cause may be a tight muscle or disc herniation in the low back.

If your pain is radiating into your groin, it may be a pinched nerved in your groin, or from your back.

Again, this is why it is important to be examined by a knowledgable health care provider, as your pain may not be were your problem is. Why wait? One of our chiropractors should be able to see you today!


Once you start therapy, one of three things will happen. 

1. You will immediately show signs of improvement (less pain, tingling, etc). 

2. No change, in which case we will re-evaluate to make sure we are treating the root cause of your nerve symptoms.

3. Your pain may intensify. The reason why the pain may worsen during the healing process, is because pressure is being taken off the nerve, so it is functioning better. This means it can better transmit information to the brain, which may mean more pain. Remember, more pain can be a sign of healing if it is in a more localized region closer to the point of injury. 

If nerve symptoms like the numbness, tingling or weakness worsen in any way, that is a sign that you are not improving, and need to be re-evaluated and our chiropractor may referred out to an orthopedic surgeon.


STRETCHING AND STRENGTHENING THE LOW BACK, BUTTOCKS AND HIPS TO HELP WITH PELVIC PAIN:

Knowing what to stretch is critical in alleviating sciatica. It won't help much to stretch the buttock if the pinch is occurring in the low back, and vice versa. This is why it is imperative you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan that includes stretching with is tight and strengthening what is weak, to get the pressure off the nerve, so you can not only be free of pain, but heal well and not be vulnerable to re-injury.

Click the box below for demonstrations of hip stretching to improve range of motion, and exercises to strengthen, so you can better arm yourself with information to share with your healthcare provider.

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If you are you in Bloomington, Indiana and looking for a chiropractor near you, we may be the chiropractors you have been looking for. We have multiple chiropractors, all of whom are experienced and hand picked by Dr. Karin Drummond, the owner of Drummond Chiropractic. 

We are conveniently located downtown Bloomington, IN with a parking lot, so you don't have to worry about finding parking nearby. We accept most insurance. We are open early and often stay later than advertised, to accommodate those who can't miss work. We even come in Saturdays by appointment.

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Once we determine the cause of your pelvic pain, we will treat you the same day if warranted, e-mail you a report of findings (ROF). This ROF will explain your condition, give you home advice on what to avoid, list your stretches and exercises prescribed during your visit, additional advice (i.e. to heat or ice), treatment modalities we will use, goals and plan of action to get you well in as few visits as possible. 



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Drummond Chiropractic

Bloomington Indiana Chiropractor

SI and Sciatica Pain Experts
565 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 336-2423

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565 North Walnut Street | Bloomington, IN 47404

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Our Clinic Hours (all other times by appointment only)

Monday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-4:30 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

By Appointment Only

Sunday:

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