The condition known as sciatica is typically caused when pressure is placed on the sciatic nerve, the nerve that begins in the back and runs down the legs. This pressure can come from several sources, including an acute injury, a herniated disc, a bone spur, and even due to poor posture.
Signs and Symptoms of Sciatica
The indicative symptom of sciatica is a pain that begins in the lower back and radiates down one leg. However, the condition has also been known to cause the following symptoms as well:
- A burning or tingling sensation
- Foot and/or leg numbness
- Weakness in the buttocks, leg, or foot
- A jolting pain that occurs with sudden movements
- An increase in pain after sitting for long periods of time
The pain and discomfort associated with sciatica may be mildly uncomfortable in some and quite excruciating in others, even to the point where it affects their daily lives. In these severe cases, or in mild cases that worsen over time, sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage or loss of bowel and bladder function. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention and treatment if you suspect you may have sciatica.
Treatments We Offer
At Campbell Medical Center, we provide natural, non-surgical alternatives to alleviate the discomfort caused by sciatica. Our treatments are particularly effective because they aim to treat the problem at its source rather than mask the symptoms and pain caused by it. After a consultation, our medical professionals may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
- Platelet-rich plasma or PRP therapy begins by drawing a small amount of the patient’s blood, which is then placed in a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is highly concentrated with platelets, sometimes four to five times what is found in your blood alone. In addition, it is packed with growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that stimulate the healing of bone and soft tissue. Therefore, when injected into the back of a sciatica patient, it has been shown to provide natural relief in reducing pain, discomfort, and inflammation.
- Laser therapy is another non-surgical method that has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation while accelerating the body’s own natural healing processes. With the use of a hand-held device, our class IV laser delivers energy through your skin and into the deep tissue surrounding your injured area. This stimulates the underlying cells, which encourages healing and rapid pain relief to the affected region.
- Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine, thereby taking pressure off of the spinal structure. This, in turn, alleviates the pressure of the vertebrae and other impediments that may be affecting its surrounding nerves, including the sciatic nerve. Elongating the spine additionally encourages the movement of necessary fluids and oxygen, which promotes renewal and healing.
Contact us today at (832) 460-6468 for a free consultation. Learn what treatment or combination of treatments is best suited for your particular case of sciatica, and get back to living a pain-free life.