Sciatica is a medical condition involving intense pain along the sciatic nerve. This nerve is situated in the lower back and extends downward through the hips, buttocks and legs. The condition is a result of irritation to the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. Irritation to these portions of the spine may be caused by a number of diseases and conditions, some of which are temporary, while others may be chronic. Sciatica nerve pain may be persistent or infrequent, depending on the patient’s particular movements. Often times, the pain is sharp and radiating throughout the length of the entire sciatic nerve. Treatment can provide instant and long-lasting relief and each case requires a unique approach based on the cause of the condition and health of the patient.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Sciatica nerve pain is distinctive and nearly always includes radiating pain that begins in the lower back and makes its way down to the feet. Patients may also experience difficulty walking or standing, numbness in the feet, tingling, weakness or burning sensations. The intensity and occurrence of these symptoms typically vary from case to case.
Sciatica is a common condition that can typically be diagnosed through a medical evaluation and physical examination. Depending on your particular health history, your healthcare provider may opt to perform a series of tests, including MRI, CAT scan, X-ray or electromyogram, to reach a more conclusive diagnosis and to uncover the cause of your sciatica nerve pain.
Treatment Options for Sciatica
This form of therapy targets the affected areas through a combination of light exercises and physical training that restore balance and mobility.
To reduce inflammation and prompt healing, laser therapy is an effective, non-surgical approach.
This treatment causes the body’s natural release of endorphins, which alleviates pain and promotes healing and rejuvenation.
Manual manipulation of the spine is a non-invasive technique that includes properly adjusting the position of discs and vertebrae. This technique relieves pressure and reduces inflammation.
DRX9000 Spinal Decompression
By using a gentle spinal decompression system, the spine is lightly stretched to encourage the discs to fall back into their natural alignment.
With Total Health and Peak Medical, we provide non-surgical treatment options for sciatica that eliminate pain and promote healing based on your individual needs and circumstances.