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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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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