Sciatica Specialist
If you have pain that radiates from your hip across and down the back of your legs, you may have sciatica. Common among older adults and pregnant woman, sciatica can be treated through spinal realignment. The integrative medicine specialists at Enhanced Medical Centers treat patients with this condition, relieving pressure and reducing pain. If you’re located in the Tempe, Arizona area, and need relief from your sciatica, schedule an appointment today.

Sciatica Q & A

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What is sciatica?

Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed, typically by a misaligned spine or bulging disc. It also may be caused by tumors, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and other non-spine conditions like diabetes, constipation, or posture issues.

Sciatica creates a variety of symptoms, some of the most common include:

  • Pain in the leg or gluteus
  • Burning or tingling sensation down the back of the leg
  • Weakness or numbness in the lower leg or foot
  • Constant pain across the gluteus
  • Shooting leg pain

Although sciatica can happen on either side of the body, it typically occurs on one side only.  The pain associated with the sciatic nerve can come and go and change in severity. Sometimes it may feel dull or achy, while other times it's sharp or burning.

How is sciatica treated?

When you visit Enhanced Medical Centers for sciatic nerve pain, your integrative medicine specialist creates an individualized treatment plan to address your specific causes and symptoms of sciatica. With a goal of reducing pain and increasing mobility to allow the body to heal itself, your doctor may recommend the following types of treatments:

  • Spinal adjustments
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy

In addition to these treatments, they may suggest using heat and ice therapy at home to reduce pain levels and any inflammation, as well as rest. In some cases, at-home strengthening stretches may be recommended.

How long does it take for sciatica to improve?

Most cases of sciatica get better on their own within 6-12 weeks. For most people, Enhanced Medical Centers may recommend exercises to strengthen your problem area and reduce the risk of re-injury. Your doctor also may discuss lifestyle changes to decrease your chronic sciatic nerve pain. These can include:

  • Ergonomic workplace adjustments
  • Strengthening your posture
  • Correcting how you lift
  • Losing weight
  • Introducing yoga or Pilates

If you have pain in your lower back or hip, or have pain that radiates down your legs, it’s time to contact Enhanced Medical Centers to see if you suffer from sciatica. Contact the office today or schedule your appointment easily online.

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