Sciatica treatment Beaverton, OR
In simple terms, sciatica (pronounced sigh-attica) means pain in the back of the leg. It is not a diagnosis in and of itself, but more of a description of symptoms. The cause of sciatica could be any number of things, ranging from lumbar disc herniations, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, or just tight muscles in the back of the hip or irritated joints in the low back. Sciatic pain is one of the more common complaints we see at Catalyst, and as a chiropractic physician Dr. Thompson is well-suited to provide a thorough examination to determine the cause of your sciatic pain and the most effective method to treat that cause.
Sciatica derives its name from the sciatic nerve, the largest and longest nerve in your body. It originates from five different nerves that exit the spinal cord in your lower back, then join together in the gluteal area and travel down your leg. Pain is just one manifestation of sciatica. It can also feel like burning, tingling, or numbness. Any of these symptoms can arise from irritation to the sciatic nerve. As stated above, there are several things that can irritate the nerve, which range from simple, non-threatening conditions to more serious issues that could result in long-term complications. For this reason, it is important to have your sciatic pain evaluated by an expert in spine care.
Chiropractors are specially suited to evaluate this condition and treat the cause using safe, non-invasive techniques. Chiropractic care can help ease pressure on the sciatic nerve, restore proper function to the surrounding joints and soft tissues, and strengthen the spine to prevent future recurrences through the prescription of specific corrective exercises.
Dr. Kip Thompson, a rehab-based chiropractor in Beaverton, Oregon, approaches treatment of sciatic pain in a threefold manner:
- First, determine the cause of your sciatic pain in the initial examination through a proper medical history and examination of your skeletal, muscular, and nervous system as well as an analysis of how you move and any compensations or muscle imbalances that might be contributing to the issue.
- Next, teach you what to avoid in your daily routine to prevent further injury and also what you can do to help treat the condition yourself.
- Lastly, prescribe a personalized treatment plan that will include a combination of in-office treatment (chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue therapy, traction, therapeutic laser, etc.) and rehabilitative exercises that do not involve fancy equipment and can be performed at home between visits to complement your care at Catalyst.