Sciatica is a painful condition that affects many Americans and one that brings many patients to seek chiropractic care with Dr. Robert Sazama and Dr. Eric Liebl. Residents living in and around Mesa, Arizona can find relief from sciatica through services offered at Mesa Chiropractic Rehab and Wellness.

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Sciatica Q & A

Mesa Chiropractic Rehab and Wellness

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a form of nerve pain that results from irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the human body. The term sciatica describes symptoms of leg pain that can extend from the lower back all the way down the back of the leg and into the feet. The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc in the lower back that is placing pressure on the sciatic nerve. Other causes include irritation of the sciatic nerve that can result from a number of factors, including tumors, muscle damage, piriformis syndrome, infections and internal bleeding. People who suffer from sciatica often experience a mix of symptoms that include sensations of burning, tingling or numbness in the lower back, buttocks and back of the thigh.

What diagnostic techniques are used to identify the source of sciatica?

In a chiropractic setting, x-ray technology is a powerful tool for diagnosing sciatica. In some cases, additional imaging, such as an MRI, is required to uncover the underlying cause of the condition. A physical exam and comprehensive health history also help chiropractors to determine the cause of sciatic pain. There are specific orthopedic tests that can be performed to aid in diagnosis as well. As with so many medical conditions, patients can play an important role in the diagnostic process by providing detailed information about their health histories and their experience of symptoms.

What are the treatment options for sciatica at Mesa Chiropractic Rehab and Wellness?

The spinal adjustment is the chiropractic treatment most people are familiar with and it’s typically the first choice in the treatment of sciatic pain. Some of the other approaches are our Ceragem V3 massage tables which can help relax muscles and promote increased circulation and electrical muscle stimulation which may also be used to manage sciatic pain. Some other options we utilize are decompression (this is often a great option when a bulging or herniated disc is causing the sciatica), home exercises, Precor stretch trainers and Therapeutic Wobble Chairs. Every patient goes through a thorough exam process to determine which options will work best based on their individual needs and the cause of their sciatica.