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Easy Reach Chiropractic

Chiropractic Physicians & Physical Therapists located in Lake Worth, FL & Fort Lauderdale, FL

Sciatica is among the most common causes of low back pain in adults. At Easy Reach Chiropractic Physical Therapy & Rehab in Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Barbara Adonis, DC, and Heather Previll, PT, DPT, use the latest treatments to resolve sciatica symptoms. If you’re experiencing one-sided low back pain or numbness and tingling in your legs, Easy Reach Chiropractic can help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online now to learn more.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve stretches from the lower back through the back of the thighs and legs. Sciatica happens when the nerve becomes irritated or compressed. Inflammation of the nerve can lead to lower back pain or numbness and tingling in the back of the legs. Sciatica typically only develops on one side of the body.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Pain on one side that runs from the lower back through the back of the thigh and calf is a telltale sign of sciatica. The type of pain you experience with sciatica can vary. It may feel like:

  • Dull ache
  • Burning sensation
  • Electric shock
  • Weakness, numbness, or tingling that stretches through the back of the leg
  • Increased pain when coughing or sneezing

Many people with sciatica experience worsening pain after sitting for long periods.

What causes sciatica?

When the sciatic nerve becomes compressed, sciatica can develop. There are many reasons it can develop, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Advanced age
  • Bone spurs
  • Weight challenges
  • Diabetes
  • Sitting for long periods

Regular exercise and stretching can minimize your risk of developing sciatica. However, too much exercise can also aggravate your symptoms, so it’s important to focus on strength training and low-impact cardio.

What are the treatments for sciatica?

Sciatica treatments aim to relieve pressure from your sciatic nerve. Chiropractic care, such as spinal adjustments, manipulate the spine to reduce pain and improve function. Other common treatments of sciatica that Dr. Adonis and Dr. Previll provide include:

Spinal decompression therapy

Spinal decompression therapy uses a special table to gently stretch your spine. That can relieve pressure from a herniated disc irritating your sciatic nerve.

Class 4 laser therapy

Class 4 laser therapy is a laser treatment that stimulates tissue healing without disturbing the surface layer of your skin. Laser therapy can reduce inflammation surrounding the sciatic nerve, allowing it to heal naturally.

Soleve® therapy

Soleve therapy is a technique that involves using rows of tiny probes to identify trigger points. The probes never touch your skin. Instead, they send electric energy directly into your area of pain to repair damage and relieve discomfort.

Acoustic shock wave therapy

Acoustic shock waves activate your body’s natural healing response to repair tissue damage, reduce inflammation, and accelerate healing.

To learn more about sciatica, call Dr. Adonis and Dr. Previll at Easy Reach Chiropractic or schedule an appointment online today.