Sciatica refers to the condition and group of symptoms which occur when a disc in the spine pinches the sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from the base of the spine down both legs and can lead to widespread pain. The sciatic nerve can become compressed due to a slipped or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, a bone spur on the vertebrae, due to a spinal subluxation, or as the result of certain diseases such as diabetes.
Symptoms of Sciatica
At their worst, Sciatica symptoms can be debilitating, life-changing, and extremely painful. Sciatica typically affects only the left or right side of the body at a time, but can sometimes present itself in both sides simultaneously. Sciatica is associated with burning, stabbing, or shooting pain, aching, numbness, and/or tingling which radiates from the lower back (lumbar spine) down the buttocks and through the back of the leg, knee, and calf to the foot. The pain often becomes worse after prolonged periods of sitting or standing. Sneezing and coughing also sometimes aggravate the condition.
Sciatica Treatment with our Beaverton Chiropractor
At Unity Chiropractic & Wellness Center, our sciatica treatment focuses on using the least aggressive, non-invasive, and side effect free methods of treatment first, rather than beginning treatment using pain medications and surgery.Our chiropractors, Dr. Kathy Cantwell and Dr. Justin Jelen, as well as their team of wellness professionals believe in treating the whole body with natural, non-invasive methods.
A condition which combines both musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, sciatica can be effectively treated with chiropractic care. After evaluating a patient health history and pinpointing the condition causing the patient's sciatica, Dr. Cantwell or Dr. Jelen, will prescribe a personalized wellness plan comprised of a combination of gentle chiropractic adjustments, myofascial therapies, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling to ensure your body has all of the nutrient tools it needs to heal.
After an initial adjustment, Sciatica patients often report immediate relief from their symptoms. Throughout the course of a treatment schedule, patients enjoy less frequent, less severe, and curtailed flare-ups of their sciatica symptoms. Since chiropractic care with our team at Unity Chiropractic & Wellness Center focuses on treated the problem at its source rather than masking symptoms with medications, we help patients get better faster. In addition to finding relief from sciatica, many of our patients also experience an overall improvement in their health and physical being with improved sleep, higher immune function, and less pain overall.
Treat your Symptoms at the Source and Enjoy Natural Lower Back Pain and Back Pain Relief
If you suffer from sciatica and its many debilitating symptoms like lower back pain, we can help you find back pain relief and a higher level of optimal wellness at Unity Chiropractic & Wellness Center. To begin feeling better right away, schedule an appointment with our chiropractor Dr. Kathy Cantwell at (503) 747-3388. If you are a first-time patient, don't forget to ask us about our free consultations for new patients.