Sciatica

Active Health Center

Integrated Medical Practice located in North Palm Beach, FL

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from sciatica pain, you know how uncomfortable it can be to stand, sit, or walk for long periods of time, or even to find a comfortable sleeping position. At Active Health Center in North Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Marc Weinberg, DC, and the team of integrative health care professionals treat the underlying cause of your sciatica symptoms so you can get long-lasting relief. They use the latest techniques and combination of therapies to alleviate pain and improve your quality of life. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

Sciatica Q & A

Active Health Center

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body. You have a sciatic nerve on each side that runs from your lower back through each hip, buttock, and down your leg. Most of the time, when you experience sciatica symptoms, you feel them on one side of your body, but not both.

Although sciatica can be very painful and make it hard to be comfortable sitting, standing, walking, or sleeping, most people find that with therapies and nonsurgical treatments, the pain goes away within a few weeks. The comprehensive therapies that the team at Active Health Center prescribe are meant to provide long-term pain relief and improved mobility without dependency on pain medications.

What causes sciatica symptoms?

When a herniated (bulging) disc or a bone spur on your spine puts pressure on your sciatic nerve or a narrowing of your spinal column known as spinal stenosis compresses the nerve, it causes inflammation and pain.

In some cases, you may also experience numbness, tingling, or burning in your leg all the way down to your foot. Other symptoms include a pain that feels like an electric shock, a dull ache, or a sharp, shooting pain that you feel anywhere along the pathway of your sciatic nerve.

Your age, occupation, prolonged sitting, and obesity can all contribute to the severity or onset of sciatica.

How is sciatica treated?

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for sciatica since the cause of your pain determines exactly how the condition is treated. However, Dr. Weinberg and his team, including a doctor of physical therapy, collaborate to create a treatment plan that is effective at treating your sciatica pain and its underlying causes. Your treatments may include:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Corrective exercises
  • Decompression therapy
  • Ultrasound and electrotherapy
  • Gentle spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustments
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy services to improve strength and increase function and range of motion

Additionally, manual therapy and massage provide hands-on healing for muscles and tissues. Some patients may also benefit from stem cell therapy, as well as the Eccentron negative resistance trainer for better balance and overall rehabilitation.

Learn more about long-lasting relief from sciatica pain by calling Active Health Center in North Palm Beach or scheduling an appointment using the online booking system.