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Easy Reach Chiropractic

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

Sciatica is a common cause of low back pain in adults. At Easy Reach Chiropractic Physical Therapy & Rehab, located in Lake Worth and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Barbara Adonis, DC, and Heather Previll, PT, DPT, use the latest treatments to alleviate sciatica symptoms. If you are experiencing one-sided lower back pain, numbness, or tingling in your legs, Easy Reach Chiropractic can help you. You can schedule an appointment and call the office to learn more.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is a long nerve that runs from the lower back through the thighs and legs. If the nerve becomes irritated or compressed, it can cause a condition called sciatica. Symptoms of sciatica include lower back pain, numbness, and a tingling sensation in the back of the legs. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the body.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Pain that runs from the lower back through the back of the thigh and calf on one side is a common symptom of sciatica, with varying types of pain.:

  • 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 the risk of developing sciatica. However, excessive exercise can also worsen 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, manipulates 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 involves the use of a unique table that gently stretches your spine, providing relief from pressure caused by a herniated disc that may be 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.

Graston Therapy

Graston Therapy is a type of manual therapy that utilizes stainless steel instruments to detect and treat soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation. The therapist uses these instruments to rub over the affected area, which helps break up scar tissue and adhesions. This technique is often used to treat conditions such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and chronic pain.

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 today.