When back pain travels into your leg, causing electric shock-like sensations, then you might have sciatica. Jay Adams, DC, at Excel Spine & Rehab in Norman, Oklahoma, specializes in diagnosing and treating spine pain conditions like sciatica. At the chiropractic clinic, he uses conservative treatments to ease your pain and prevent a recurrence. Call the office or schedule your sciatica consultation online today.
Sciatica is a pain condition that occurs from compression or irritation of your sciatic nerve.
Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It’s made up of several nerve roots that exit the lumbar spine, join together in your buttocks, and travel down the back of your legs on both sides of your body. It provides sensory information to your legs and supports leg muscle movement.
Compression or irritation of any portion of your sciatic nerve causes sciatica. In most cases, the irritation occurs at the lumbar spine from a herniated disc or bone spurs.
Pain that radiates from your lower back into your hips and buttocks and down one leg is the most common symptom of sciatica. The pain may be mild or severe, or cause electric shock-like sensations every time you move.
The pain may last a few days or weeks or become a chronic problem.
Your sciatica may also cause numbness or tingling sensations in your legs or feet, as well as muscle weakness that affects walking and balance.
You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you visit Excel Spine & Rehab for a sciatica consultation. Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, as well as your daily routine and medical history.
They perform a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and function of your spine to look for areas that might indicate the source of your sciatica. The chiropractic clinic may also request X-rays or MRIs to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.
Your provider at Excel Spine & Rehab develops a personalized treatment plan for your sciatica based on the underlying cause of your pain, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health and needs.
Treatment for your sciatica may include:
The goal of your plan is to ease your pain, improve back health and strength, and prevent a recurrence of your sciatica. You can expect regular appointments for treatment and care.
For a conservative approach to your sciatica that leads to long-term results, call Excel Spine & Rehab or schedule an appointment online today.