Sciatica

Dr.  Joe Piché -  - Chiropractor

Piché Family Chiropractic

Dr. Joe Piché

Chiropractor located in Traverse City, MI

Sciatica
Sciatica is named after the nerve it impacts: the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve originates in your lower back and extends down the back of your leg. Most patients experience sciatic pain on either the left or the right side. Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché practice chiropractic care in Traverse City, Michigan, and have extensive experience in the treatment of sciatica. Contact Piché Family Chiropractic today to discuss a treatment plan that will relieve your pain and restore your health.

Sciatica Q & A

by Dr. Joe Piché

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, which originates in the lower back and extends down the leg. Compression of the sciatic nerve can occur as a result of misalignment of the spine, herniated discs, bulged discs, tumors, childbirth, or pregnancy. In some cases, sciatica is the result of a condition that doesn't directly impact the spine, such as constipation or diabetes.

What are the signs and symptoms of sciatica?

The most common symptom of sciatic nerve pain is sharp pain that shoots from the lower back or buttock down the back of your leg. Sciatica may make it difficult to walk, causing your leg to give way while walking. Some patients with sciatic nerve pain also experience difficulty sleeping.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Piché Family Chiropractic’s primary focus isn’t to confirm that you’re experiencing sciatic pain but to find out why. In all cases, a review of your medical history, a physical examination, and a neurological exam are performed to diagnose and/or rule out sciatica. In some cases, Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché may use X-rays, CTs, or MRIs to make an accurate diagnosis.

How can a chiropractor improve the symptoms of sciatica?

Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché help your body heal itself by properly aligning the spine. If you’re suffering from sciatica, there are several treatments they may perform or recommend to alleviate your pain, including:

  • Ice therapy to reduce inflammation contributing to nerve compression and pain
  • Ultrasound therapy to improve blood flow to the area and reduce stiffness and pain
  • Electrical stimulation using a TENS unit to provide short-term pain relief and limit muscle spasms
  • Spinal manipulation to promote healing and alleviate pressure on the nerve

What if a chiropractor is unable to treat sciatica?

When sciatica is resulting either in whole or in part from spinal misalignment, chiropractic treatment can be highly effective in providing long-term relief. However, when your sciatic pain results from a spinal tumor, diabetes, or constipation, you may require treatment from another kind of doctor. In this case, Dr. Joe Piché and Dr. Lea Piché will refer you to the appropriate provider. If appropriate, you may continue to receive chiropractic treatment concurrently with the treatment provided by other specialists.

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