What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a nerve pain that originates in the low back or buttocks and may travel into one or both legs. It is caused by pressure or other irritation on the sciatic nerve. There is a wide range of symptoms regarding the intensity and frequency of the pain so it’s best to seek out advice from any of our BackFit Health + Spine 8 Valley locations.

The pain may have several different characteristics including: 

  • Dull
  • Achy
  • Sharp
  • Similar to a toothache
  • Pins and needles
  • Similar to electrical shock
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis

There are many ways the sciatic nerve can become compressed, including:

  • Lumbar spine subluxation
  • Herniated or slipped discs
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Tumors
  • Diabetes
  • Constipation
  • Improper sitting posture, including sitting on one’s wallet
  • Poor workplace ergonomics
  • Piriformis Syndrome

Diagnosing Sciatica

It’s very important to determine the actual cause of sciatica before moving forward. Sciatica is just a symptom of many different potential causes. Diagnosing the root cause of sciatica includes conducting a complete medical history as well as performing a physical and neurological examination.

Additional tests such as X-Rays, MRIs, CT scans, or nerve conduction tests may be necessary to help determine the cause.

Treatment Options

As sciatica is a symptom of a range of issues, it is important to realize that the treatment that works for one patient may not work for another. This is true even if they have the same root issue leading to their sciatica. With a comprehensive TEAM of Medical Providers, Pain Specialists, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists BackFit Health + Spine has many treatment options available that may help relieve sciatica include:

  • Conservative Care
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Physical Therapy
  • PENS Therapy
  • Spinal Bracing
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Medical Care
  • Inversion Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Facet Injections
  • Sacro-Iliac or Joint Injections
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Regenerative Medicine (PRP, Stem Cells)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Specific exercises (i.e. hamstring stretching, stabilization exercises)
  • Cortisone shots

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