Enhanced Medical Centers -  - Chiropractic

Enhanced Medical Centers

Chiropractic & Primary Care Practice located in Tempe, AZ

Sciatica is a painful set of symptoms that results from pressure on your sciatic nerve — the longest nerve in your body. When you need relief from lower back and leg pain, Quentin Smith, DC, and Candace Gaitanis, APRN, CFNP, CFMP, and their expert team at Enhanced Medical Centers in Tempe, Arizona, takes a natural approach to treating sciatica. They tailor a treatment plan to address the underlying causes of your pain, relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve, and reduce symptoms through a variety of chiropractic techniques and physical therapies. Contact the office by phone or online to schedule a consultation today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a set of symptoms that occurs as a result of the pinching of or pressure on your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve extends from your lower spine down into each leg. 

Often, you get sciatica as you get older due to age-related changes that can cause herniated discs or bone spurs to put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Usually, this only happens to one side of your body at a time. When you have sciatica, you could feel pain anywhere from your lower back, through your hip, buttock, and down one leg. In some cases, you can even experience foot pain.

What causes sciatica?

Other spinal conditions cause sciatica symptoms, including:

  • Pinched nerves in your lower spine
  • Herniated discs
  • Slipped discs
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis

Each of these conditions, which your provider can explain to you, puts pressure on your sciatic nerve, leading to painful symptoms anywhere along the nerve.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

If you experience sciatica, you can feel pain in your lower back, your hips, buttocks, and down the backside of your leg. 

Sometimes the pain feels like a pins-and-needles sensation, a burning pain, or even numbness. You might have a sharp, shooting pain down one leg or tingling that extends into your calf, foot, and toes.

Sciatica symptoms often feel worse after sitting or standing for long periods of time. You can feel better after stretching the affected side of your body.

How does a chiropractor treat sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms that won’t go away even though you stretch and remain active often respond well to chiropractic adjustments and other physical therapies, including traction and spinal decompression. 

Depending on the root cause of your sciatica, your chiropractor at Enhanced Medical Centers could recommend a variety of therapies, including:

  • Heat and ice
  • Specific exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal decompression therapy
  • Flexion and distraction therapy
  • A series of chiropractic adjustments

These natural treatments work over time to help return your spine to its proper alignment and take the pressure off your sciatic nerve. 

The team customizes treatment based on your individual needs. They take a nonsurgical, natural, drug-free approach that provides long-term pain relief without dependency on prescription medications.

If you suffer from sciatica pain, don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact the office today to schedule an exam or use the convenient online booking system to request an appointment.