Sciatica Specialist

Active Health Clinics

Chiropractic Clinic & Regenerative Medicine located in Fort Dodge, IA

Sciatica is a condition in which pressure on one of the larger nerves in your lower back sends shooting pains down one leg. It’s one of the more common causes of back pain and one that the team at Active Health Clinics in Fort Dodge, Iowa, has considerable expertise in treating. If back pain is affecting your ability to lead a normal life, call the practice today to schedule a consultation, or book your appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition in which the large sciatic nerve in your back gets pinched or compressed, causing a distinctive type of back pain. 

The sciatic nerve root is in the lumbar region of your spine, which is your lower back. The nerve exits the spinal canal and heads down into your pelvis, separating into two so that one half goes into each of your legs.

Sciatic pain is distinctive because it follows the path of the sciatic nerve, traveling from your lower back, through your buttock and hip, and down one leg. Other symptoms include:

  • Tingling sensations
  • Weakness
  • Numbness

You may have problems controlling some leg movements, and sciatica pain usually worsens when you sit down. The extent of your symptoms varies depending on how much pressure the sciatic nerve is under. 

However, even if you only have mild sciatic pain, it’s best to visit Active Health Clinics, as if it’s left untreated the nerve could become permanently damaged.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica develops when the sciatic nerve comes under pressure from the surrounding tissues. This is most often due to conditions like herniated discs, where the interior of a spinal disc pushes through the outer layer and starts pressing on the sciatic nerve. This type of pain can also occur with misalignment in the low back.

Pressure on the sciatic nerve can also come from slipping vertebrae (spondylolisthesis) or narrowing of the spinal canal (lumbar spinal stenosis).

You’re more likely to suffer from sciatica if:

  • You don’t get enough exercise
  • You’re overweight
  • You sleep on an unsupportive mattress
  • You wear high heels a lot
  • You’re pregnant

If you think you might have sciatica, the team at Active Health Clinics can provide an accurate diagnosis and a range of effective treatment options.

How is sciatica treated?

Treatment for sciatica focuses on relieving the pressure on your sciatic nerve. This is often achievable through a combination of therapies such as:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Active release techniques (ART)
  • Massage
  • Muscle mobility and stretching
  • Traction tables
  • Ultrasound

The team also offers cutting-edge regenerative medicine or mesenchymal stem cells to promote new tissue growth, which may help with some cases of sciatica.

If you have back pain, Active Health Clinics can diagnose the cause and provide the most appropriate treatments for relieving your pain and promoting healing. Call the clinic today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.