Sharp, shooting pain in the back of your thigh, buttock pain, or numbness and tingling into your foot can be signs of sciatica. To find out what’s causing your sciatica symptoms, visit Motion Medical Center in Gardnerville, Nevada, for diagnosis and treatment. The chiropractic team offers comprehensive solutions to relieve sciatica symptoms without medications or invasive procedures, so you can get relief. Set up your exam today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

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What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom that occurs when the sciatic nerve in your lower back in pinched or compressed and becomes irritated and inflamed. This leads to sensations of numbness and tingling or sharp shooting pain down the back of your buttock, thigh, and leg to your foot. Often sciatica occurs on one side of the body at a time, though it’s possible to experience it on both sides.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica can be caused by:

  • Intervertebral joint dysfunction
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Sprains and strains

Any anatomical structure that puts pressure on your sciatic nerve or compresses your nerve — such as a muscle spasm or knot — can lead to sciatica symptoms.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

It might be obvious that you’re experiencing sciatica based on your symptoms, but it’s best to visit Motion Medical Center for a definitive diagnosis in order to understand the underlying cause of your symptoms and get treatment. The team completes a comprehensive evaluation and exam to identify the root cause of your pain. Testing involves specific orthopedic tests to assess which anatomical structures are involved and the exact source of your pain.

If necessary, the team may refer you for X-rays or an MRI to confirm your diagnosis if they suspect your symptoms are caused by conditions like arthritis or a herniated disc.

How is sciatica treated?

Motion Medical Center offers chiropractic care and cold laser therapy to relieve pain and inflammation of the sciatic nerve and put an end to your symptoms. Chiropractic care can also address any biomechanical issues that are putting pressure or tension on your sciatic nerve to prevent the pain from returning.

Other therapies can relieve muscle tension to take pressure off the sciatic nerve, such as:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Electrical nerve stimulation
  • Traction
  • Rehab exercises and stretches
  • Lifestyle modifications

The team also offers at-home recommendations you can follow to speed up the healing process and avoid a recurrence of sciatica symptoms in the future.

Find out what’s causing your sciatica by scheduling a visit at Motion Medical Center online or by phone now.