Sciatica is a very common pain condition. In fact, it impacts upwards of 40 percent of people at some point in their lifetimes. While sciatica flare-ups can be painful, we can help you find relief with an integrative treatment plan. 


What Is Sciatica?


The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back down to the hips, buttocks, legs, and feet. It’s the longest nerve in the human body.


Sciatica is a condition involving pain along the sciatic nerve. Generally, sciatica only causes pain on one side of the body. This condition is typically simple to diagnose, with the most common symptoms being pain that emanates from the lower back to the legs. Tingling, numbness, and leg or foot weakness are other common sciatica symptoms. The vast majority of sciatica patients can recover with non-surgical treatment options.


Causes of Sciatica


Most often, sciatica stems from a herniated disk in the lower spine. A herniated disk occurs when one of the disks of connective tissue separating the vertebrae is damaged. This can result from an injury or overuse. In some cases, a herniated disk places pressure on the surrounding nerves. If the herniated disk is close to the sciatic nerve, this pressure can cause sciatica. 


Other potential causes of sciatica include:


  • Spinal stenosis

  • Bone spurs

  • Spinal tumors

  • Piriformis syndrome

  • Sacroiliitis

  • Inflammation or infection


Treatment for Sciatica Pain


Sciatica is a condition that can come and go, with sudden flare-ups that cause pain. We take an integrative approach to sciatica pain, helping you shift your habits to prevent flare-ups before they occur. A combination of interventional treatments and alternative methods can benefit your long-term management of sciatica pain. 


Interventional Treatments


For chronic cases of sciatica, interventional pain treatments can provide lasting pain relief. The following treatments for sciatica pain are minimally-invasive, out-patient procedures. You’ll be able to return home immediately after the procedure, and little to no recovery time is required. 

  • Radiofrequency ablation

  • Spinal cord stimulation

  • Steroid injections

  • Caudal epidural steroid injection


Complementary Treatments


Sciatica pain can often be effectively managed with lifestyle changes and alternative treatments. We’ll create an individualized treatment plan with a combination of the following alternative methods for pain relief and greater overall wellness:


  • Acupuncture

  • Massage therapy

  • Biofeedback

  • Stretching and exercise

  • Nutrition and wellness coaching

  • Physical therapy

  • Physical modalities such as yoga and Qi-Gong

  • Mindfulness meditation


To talk to our team about sciatica pain relief for you, contact us today.