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Sciatica is one of the most common ailments treated by doctors at our practice. It is a painful condition that often originates in the lower back or buttock area and travels down through one or even both legs to the side or back part of the thigh and sometimes extents to the feet. There are two sciatic nerves in the body, one on the left and one on the right. Sciatic pain can vary in intensity from minimal to intense. It can come and go frequently, or at times last consistently for days or even weeks. The physician team at Nashville Spine and Disc are trained professionals in the best treatment protocol that has produced optimal results over time. The ideal remedy is to use a natural approach. TENS units, ultrasound, gentle spinal adjustments, and temperature alternations of cold and hot therapy have produced superior results with low risk of complications.

Pain of Sciatica 

Sciatic pain is often described as dull, achy, sharp, pins and needles that are similar both to toothache-like pain and electric shocks. There can also be an onset of burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica itself is not actually a disorder but rather a symptom of a disorder. Sciatica is also known as radiating or referred pain, neuropathy and neuralgia.

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Sciatica Causes & Lower Back Conditions

Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back area. The symptoms usually start at the root of the sciatic nerve in the L5 or S1 sections. Conditions which cause sciatic nerve pain include:
  • Misaligned vertebra
  • Herniated discs – Disc leakage can irritate nerve
  • Bulging discs (slipped discs) – Disc’s outer shell can protrude and inflame the nerve.
  • Pregnancy/childbirth
  • Tumors
  • Diabetes
  • Constipation
  • Piriformis syndrome caused by a fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length

Sciatic Nerve Compression Symptoms

Symptoms of this condition vary and may include: Radiating pain in the left or right leg (can be both but usually one)
  • Pain originates in the lower back as radiating to the back of the thigh and often further into the feet
  • Neuropathy may accompany this condition
  • Being on one’s back is usually a relief and walking can help whereas sitting for long periods or standing still can exacerbate it.
  • Pain is usually strong and shooting and sometimes excruciating. It can feel like a burning sensation

Best Treatment of Sciatic Symptoms

Treatment of sciatic symptoms helps to promote the body’s healing of itself. It is a non-invasive, drug free approach to healing. The type of treatment used to treat sciatica depends on the specific cause of the pain for each individual patient. Chiropractic treatments of sciatica include:

Adjustments (Spinal Manipulation)

To free up and loosen restricted movement of the spine, realign vertebra, reduce nerve irritability, muscle spasms and pain.

Ice/Cold therapy

to reduce inflammation and control pain.

Ultrasound

to increase circulation and reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.

TENS

unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) therapy to control acute pain and reduce muscle spasms.

Yoga and Stretching –

Your doctor will also talk about your overall wellness plan that should include stretching exercises to reduce the body’s tightness and provide relief.

Avoid Sitting and Standing –

Keep moving by walking and stretching. Laying on your back can also help calm the symptoms.

Dr Josh Axe also supports spinal adjustments as a natural effective treatment option, along with massage and home heating pads. Our doctors at Nashville Spine and Disc take the natural approach as well. We want to get you to the point where you stay away from Aleve, Motrin, prescription drugs, aspirin and other meds for pain. Similarly, skip the muscle relaxants for any muscle throbbing or spasms if possible. There are so many negative effects of these medications. Antidepressants used for pain can also be problematic. Our physicians develop customized plans that are non-invasive and the most natural possible.