Sciatica Specialist

Advocate Integrated Medicine

Physical Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Johnson City, TN

If you experience sharp, shooting pain in your buttock or leg or numbness and tingling in your leg or foot, it might be caused by sciatica. Relief from sciatica symptoms is available at Advocate Integrated Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee. The team consists of experienced chiropractors who offer comprehensive treatment plans to address all causes of sciatica and provide you with relief from the pain and discomfort. To schedule a visit, call or book your appointment online today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve in your lower back. The sciatic nerve extends from your spine down both sides of your body from your buttock through the back of your thigh and calf to your foot. The sciatic nerve can be compressed or irritated by soft tissues — most often muscles in your lower back and buttocks — or joints and intervertebral discs in your lower back.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica symptoms tend to range in severity from mild, annoying discomfort to severe pain and disability. Possible symptoms of sciatica include:

 

  • Sharp, shooting pain down the back of your leg
  • Numbness and tingling in your leg, calf, or foot
  • Buttock pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Weakness in the muscles of your lower legs
  • Loss of coordination in your legs and feet, which can lead to tripping or balance issues

 

Certain movements can make sciatica symptoms worse, such as bending forward to tie your shoes, crossing your legs, or even sneezing and coughing.

What causes sciatica?

Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve may be caused by:

 

  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Postural changes due to pregnancy or obesity
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated discs

 

Specific activities, such as running, sitting for long periods, sitting with a wallet in your back pocket, and turning your toes outward when you walk can also predispose you to developing sciatica.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

To diagnose sciatica, your provider begins with a thorough consultation and physical exam. During the exam, they perform a series of orthopedic tests to determine what structures are irritating or compressing your sciatic nerve. They may also refer you for X-rays or an MRI if your symptoms may be related to arthritis or a herniated disc. Based on their findings, your provider explains your diagnosis and treatment options.

How is sciatica treated?

Treatment for sciatica varies depending on the cause of your symptoms. Possible treatment options include:

 

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Electrical nerve stimulation
  • Rehabilitation, including specific stretches and exercises
  • Postural training

 

Your provider may also give lifestyle recommendations, such as workout modifications or changes to your workstation, that can help reduce your symptoms and take pressure off your sciatic nerve.

 

To get relief from sciatica, schedule a visit online or by phone at Advocate Integrated Medicine now.