Sciatica management eases pain and sensitivity from sciatica –– a painful condition caused by a pinched or compressed sciatic nerve. At Illinois Spinal Care in Elmhurst and Palatine, Illinois, experienced chiropractor Travis Bertke, DC, and the team use sciatica management to relieve severe back, buttock, and leg pain caused by sciatica. Call the nearest office today to schedule a sciatica management appointment, or book your visit online.

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Who can benefit from sciatica management?

Consider sciatica management at Illinois Spinal Care if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe lower back, leg, or buttock pain
  • Difficulty bending
  • Abnormal or weak reflexes
  • Pain when lying down
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the legs and feet

Even though most cases of sciatica improve with rest and activity changes, getting checked out is essential. Intervention and treatment can prevent the condition from worsening and help you return to your favorite activities sooner.

Who is at risk of developing sciatica?

Sciatica affects people of all ages, but several factors may increase your risk, including being overweight, sitting for prolonged periods, and working a job that requires lots of bending, twisting, or lifting. You’re also more likely to develop sciatica if you have diabetes –– a chronic illness that increases the risk of nerve damage.

How does a doctor of chiropractic diagnose sciatica?

Your Illinois Spinal Care provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, what it feels like, and if it’s worse when you lie down or lift your legs.

Your provider completes an exam, checking your lower back for redness, swelling, and bruising. They also check your muscle strength and reflexes and have you lift your legs one at a time while lying down. Pain caused by sciatica usually worsens during this activity.

Your provider orders X-rays if they suspect your symptoms are due to an underlying medical issue, like a bone spur or a herniated disc.

How does a doctor of chiropractic treat sciatica?

The Illinois Spinal Care team typically treats sciatica with noninvasive spinal decompression therapy. During spinal decompression therapy, you lie down on a motorized table. The table gently stretches your spine, creating an optimal healing environment for pinched sciatic nerves and herniated intervertebral discs.

Some people’s sciatica responds immediately to treatment, but if your symptoms continue, your provider might also suggest:

  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic massage therapy
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Myofascial release
  • Trigger point therapy

The goal of treatment is to relieve chronic pain and encourage your body’s natural healing process.

The procedures that Illinois Spinal Care offers are FDA-approved and provide excellent alternatives to orthopedic surgery.

Call the nearest Illinois Spinal Care office today to schedule sciatica treatment, or book your appointment online.