Sciatica is one of the leading causes of low back pain, but many men and women wait for months or even years before seeking treatment. At ChiroMed Health Center in Santa Ana, California, Dr. Mark Gutierrez offers noninvasive, natural healing methods that can treat sciatica. Don’t live with persistent pain when there are safe and effective treatments available. Schedule your appointment today, and begin looking forward to a more active, healthy, pain-free life. Your appointment is just a simple phone call or website visit away.
Sciatica is a common cause of low back pain, but certain hallmark traits make it one of the easier spine issues to diagnose. Most men and women who experience sciatica have pain that originates in their low back, then spreads down through the hip, buttock, and into the leg.
Sciatica pain usually only occurs on one side of your body. The pain can be sharp or dull, and range from mild to severe. In some cases, sciatica can even cause pain or sensations of weakness, numbness, or tingling in your foot.
The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc. When the rubbery discs between each vertebrae wear down, the softer gel-like inner portion can begin to bulge out of the more rigid outer ring.
That places pressure on your sciatic nerve, which is the longest nerve in your body. Spinal stenosis and bone spurs can also cause sciatica.
Sciatica tends to affect men and women between the ages of 30-50. If you are overweight or obese, your risk level for sciatica is elevated. Diabetes also increases your risk. Men and women with occupations that require prolonged periods of sitting or lots of heavy lifting also have higher rates of sciatica.
When treating sciatica, Dr. Gutierrez strives to give your body the chance to heal. A combination of therapies can relieve pain and reduce nerve compression.
Your treatment path might consist of a combination of the following:
Spinal manipulation can also do wonders for sciatica. Depending on your specific needs, a combination of gentle pressure and swift high-velocity thrusts can help correct spinal alignment and relieve pressure on your sciatic nerve.
Dr. Gutierrez can also suggest lifestyle modifications that can not only reduce sciatica pain, but can also improve your daily quality of life and help your body function at its highest potential. Weight loss, increasing daily activity, targeted stretching, and enhanced workplace ergonomics are all powerful tools in treating sciatica.
If you’d like to learn more about these treatments, or need a diagnostic exam to determine the cause of your low back and leg pain, book an appointment today, either online or by phone.