Sciatica

Taylor Chiropractic and Weight Loss Clinic

Chiropractic & Weight Loss Clinic located in Otsego, MI

Sciatica is one of the most common causes of numbness and tingling or sharp, shooting pain from the lower back into the legs and feet. When you’re suffering from sciatica symptoms, see the experts at Taylor Chiropractic and Weight Loss Clinic in Otsego, Michigan, and Plainwell, Michigan for effective treatment. For over 50 years, the Taylor Chiropractic and Weight Loss Clinic team offers reliable solutions for sciatica so you don’t have to rely on medications, injections, or surgery to relieve your discomfort. Get started with treatment today by calling or scheduling an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom that causes sharp, shooting pain or numbness and tingling from your lower back through your buttocks, thighs, and calves to your feet. Sciatica can be caused by an anatomical structure or condition that compresses or irritates your sciatic nerve. While most people experience sciatica on only one side of their body, it’s possible to experience symptoms on both sides.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

In addition to the nerve symptoms that are characteristic of sciatica, other symptoms include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Buttock pain
  • Tight, cramping sensations in the muscles at the back of your legs
  • Weakness in your legs
  • Loss of coordination or tripping

Most people notice either buttock pain or symptoms in their feet and calves. More severe cases of sciatica can cause flare-ups and trigger symptoms along the entire length of your sciatic nerve from your lower back to your feet.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is most often caused by an anatomical structure pinching your sciatic nerve in your lower back. Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Intersegmental joint dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Facet syndrome
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Muscle strain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc herniations

Sciatica is also associated with inflammation, which may be triggered by other lower back conditions or chronic health issues like fibromyalgia.

What is the treatment for sciatica?

Treatment for sciatica is determined by your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms. The team at Taylor Chiropractic and Weight Loss Clinic offers many treatment approaches to relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve, including:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Cox® Technic flexion distraction
  • Lumbar spine traction
  • Massage therapy
  • HydroMassage®
  • Electrical nerve stimulation
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises and stretches

These therapies address muscular, joint, and intervertebral disc issues and can be utilized individually or in combination to provide you with the most benefit. The team works with you to develop a treatment approach that addresses your current symptoms and resolves the underlying cause of your pain in order to prevent it from returning.

Following any home care instructions, such as specific stretches or avoiding keeping your wallet in your back pocket when sitting, can prevent flare-ups of sciatica in the future.

For personal solutions to your sciatica, schedule a consultation online or by phone at Taylor Chiropractic and Weight Loss Clinic now.