Sciatica is a nerve condition that can cause tingling, burning, or shooting pain in the lower back, hip, and leg. Sciatica symptoms can interfere with daily activities and make sitting, or walking feel almost unbearable.
The Sciatic Nerve
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It emerges from your lower spine and branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg
Sciatica is a condition in which pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is irritated, inflamed, or injured. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated or slipped disk in the lower spine. Some other factors that can cause or contribute to sciatica include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Muscle spasms
- Prolonged sitting
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Sciatica can also occur as a result of pregnancy.
- If you’re an athlete, especially a runner, symptoms of sciatica, it might be caused by piriformis syndrome, a tightening of the piriformis muscle in the lower region of the hip and buttocks area.
Symptoms of Sciatica
Some of the most common symptoms of sciatica include:
- Lower back pain
- Hip pain
- Leg pain
- Muscle weakness
Most of the time, sciatica occurs only on one side of the body. The pain may be constant or intermittent. Some people feel a pain that travels down the path of the nerve.
Sciatica Pain Relief without Drugs or Surgery
At Beeson Wellness Center, we use a multidisciplinary approach to treat sciatica. The first step is a comprehensive evaluation, including diagnostic imaging performed in the office, such as digital X-rays, surface electromyography, or ultrasound, to determine the root cause of your sciatica.
After your evaluation is complete, your provider will create a custom plan to relieve your pain, reduce inflammation, and restore function. This approach goes beyond treating symptoms. It supports the natural healing processes of your body and promotes better health overall. Your treatment plan may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Trigger point injections
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Exercise routines
This holistic approach can offer long-lasting relief from pain, and many patients experience a full recovery after completing the recommended plan.
Sciatica pain can cause a number of problems such as sleeping poorly from the pain shooting down the back of your leg. It can cause difficulty performing even the simplest of tasks such as bending or walking. If you’re suffering from the symptoms of sciatica, don’t wait to seek treatment. Book an appointment online or over the phone with Beeson Wellness Center today.
Dr. Daniel Beeson