If you’re experiencing pain that radiates from the back or buttocks and down the legs, you may have sciatica. Our healthcare team at Spine and Injury Medical Center can help you achieve relief from sciatica pain. Our office is in West San Jose, CA, but we serve patients from all the surrounding areas including Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Cambrian Park, and Willow Glen.
Sciatica Q & A
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a painful condition that develops in the low back, runs down the back of the leg, and into the foot. Sciatica can cause difficulty standing or sitting for long periods of time. It can lead to tingling, weakness, and numbness in the leg or foot. If left untreated, sciatica pain can become worse and may even damage the nerve permanently.
How do you develop sciatica?
A lot of different factors can lead to the development of sciatica. Injury or bulging in the discs is one of the leading causes of sciatica. When this occurs, the disc presses against the nerve root causing sciatica. Disc injuries can be a direct result of bad posture, repetitive stress injuries, or accidents. When the spine is misaligned, it can also cause sciatica. Misaligned vertebrae can be the result of postural issues arising from pregnancy or trauma.
How do I know I have sciatica?
The best way to find out if you have sciatica is to get a thorough exam. This is the best first step towards treating sciatica. An exam will include a full review of your medical history and a physical assessment to uncover the source of the pain. Physical assessments will help our healthcare team find imbalances in the body and detect the source of impingement to help in developing the most comprehensive treatment plan possible.
How does integrative medicine resolve sciatic symptoms?
After the diagnosis and assessment, a treatment plan based on the findings will be put together to address your specific needs. The type of treatment will depend on what’s causing the sciatica and may include several different treatments such as:
- Ice/Cold therapy – Used to reduce any inflammation that is causing sciatic pain.
- TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) – A muscle stimulating machine used to reduce muscles spasms and control acute pain.
- Adjustments (spinal manipulation) – One of the most common options used by Dr. Mouroux to realign the body to alleviate restricted movement of the spine. Spinal adjustments reduce the nerve impingement responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica.
These treatment options are non-invasive and work to help the body heal itself, while offering immediate relief from sciatica pain.