When there’s pain radiating down your leg or across your hips and glutes, there’s a good chance you have sciatica. At Cornerstone Integrated Healthcare, chiropractor Dr. Jeffre Price offers multiple, noninvasive treatments to help relieve your sciatica pain and keep it away. If you live in or near North Port, Florida, and are looking for a natural way to reduce sciatica pain, contact Dr. Price. Call the office to schedule your appointment or book it online today.
Sciatica is a term used to describe the symptoms of a compressed sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that exits your spinal column near your tailbone and runs down both legs. When your spine become misaligned, this can lead to bulging discs or your vertebrae putting pressure on your sciatic nerve, causing pain in your back, hips, glutes, or legs.
In some cases, tumors, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease cause the pressure on the sciatic nerve that leads to the symptoms of sciatica.
Sciatica creates a variety of symptoms that may come and go or fluctuate in severity. Some of the most common include:
The symptoms of sciatica can occur in either leg but typically doesn’t occur in both.
When you see Dr. Price and his team for sciatica treatments, they may recommend different procedures depending on what’s irritating your sciatic nerve. Most often, they use:
Along with in-office procedures, Dr. Price's team may give you exercises you can do at home to strengthen your muscles and keep your spine in proper alignment. They may also suggest that you use ice or heat therapy at home, as well as resting while your sciatica improves.
In most cases, it can take 6-12 weeks for your sciatica symptoms to disappear entirely.
To reduce the risk of reinjury, Dr. Price may recommend lifestyle changes that can make sciatica pain less likely. He may suggest improving your posture, which you can do by building an ergonomic work environment.
He may also counsel you on losing weight and introducing regular stretching and strengthening exercises into your routine. He often recommends that his patients engage in regular yoga or Pilates practices.
If you often lift heavy things, he may watch how you do it and correct your positioning to protect your back and spine.
If you have pain that radiates across your glutes or down your legs, it may be sciatica. Call to schedule an evaluation by Dr. Price or book your initial consultation online.