Pain in the Butt? Sciatica Scenarios.

Sciatica can be a real pain in the butt. Literally. But that isn't where it ends! For some folks, sciatica becomes a pain the the leg, or even a pain in the toe. For others, sciatica is numbingly difficult to deal with. Can't feel your foot? Sciatica may be to blame. 

This common affliction may be accompanied by lower back pain, but doesn't have to be. Sciatica is a real bummer, but IT CAN BE TREATED!

The term "Sciatica" refers to irritation of the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that accepts contribution from the lumbar and sacral roots after they emerge from the spinal cord. This is the main nerve that supplies the lower extremity. This nerve is a pretty big deal! 

Disc bulge impinging upon spinal nerve root. 

Disc bulge impinging upon spinal nerve root. 

The first step toward alleviating sciatica is diagnosing WHAT the nerve is being irritated by and WHERE that irritation is located along the nerve's pathway. 

Is the nerve impingement due to an intervertebral disc pinching a nerve root? Is it due to complications from advanced osteoarthritis leading to bone spur (osteophyte) formation occluding the space through which the nerve exits the spinal canal? Or is it due to nerve entrapment in the hip or glute due to muscular spasm or adhesions pinching the nerve as it travels through that region???

As you might imagine, figuring this out is not always easy, but luckily, that's what people like me are trained to do. If special imaging is determined to be appropriate, you will be provided with a prescription for an X-ray or MRI the same day as your visit by me (Dr. Pierce). 

The first step to successful treatment of sciatica is DIAGNOSIS. Then, based on the cause, a treatment plan can be implemented! More often than not, sciatica can be treated safely and efficiently with conservative care! 

Dr. Pierce offers treatments for sciatica ranging from lumbar traction (flexion/distraction), acupuncture and local area dry needling, electroacupuncture, chiropractic joint manipulation (adjustments), gently joint mobilization, cupping (myofascial decompression), therapeutic exercise (rehabilitation), deep muscle work (sports massage/trigger point therapy) and more. 

To get to the bottom of your pain, schedule an appointment today!