Sciatica is a painful, sometimes debilitating condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve in the lower back is irritated or inflamed. At Coastal Healthcare Partners, with locations in Palm Coast, Daytona Beach, and Orange City, Florida, top-rated chiropractor Dr. Michael Osborne offers a wide array of all-natural treatment options for alleviating sciatica. If you’re suffering from this challenging condition call or book an appointment online today.
Your sciatic nerve is a nerve that runs from your lower back through your hips and down each of your legs. Sciatica is a common but debilitating condition that occurs when this nerve is irritated. In most cases, sciatica will affect only one side of your body at a time.
If you have sciatica, you’ll experience pain that radiates from your lower back down one of your legs, usually to your calf. The pain may feel sharp, burning, or excruciating. It may also get worse when you sit for a long period of time, cough, or sneeze. Some people with sciatica also notice muscle weakness, numbness, or tingling.
A number of different conditions can irritate the sciatic nerve. One of the most common causes of sciatica is a herniated disc, which occurs when one of the intervertebral discs in your back is damaged. Bone spurs and nerve damage can also cause sciatic pain.
In most cases, Dr. Osborne will be able to diagnose sciatica based on your symptoms and the results of a physical exam. However, he may order imaging tests to look for certain causes of sciatica, such as bone spurs, or to rule out other problems.
Coastal Healthcare Partners offers several treatment options that may benefit patients with sciatica, including:
Dr. Osborne or another healthcare professional will determine which treatments are best for you based on the factors contributing to your pain. In most cases, he will recommend more than one type of treatment.