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 care of sciatica. Contact Piché Family Chiropractic today to discuss a care plan that will relieve your pain and restore your health.
Sciatica Q & A
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 health history, a physical examination, and a neurological assessment are performed to determine whether or not sciatica is your issue.
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 approaches they may perform or recommend to alleviate your pain, including:
- Ice therapy to reduce inflammation contributing to nerve compression and pain
- Spinal manipulation to promote healing and alleviate pressure on the nerve
- Specific stretches or relaxation techniques