What Can Cause Sciatic Pain?
Several issues may lead to sciatic pain, all of which involve something impinging upon the sciatic nerve bundle often thought of as a “pinched nerve”.
- Herniated disc pressing on the nerve root
- Arthritic joints of the spine impinging on the nerve root
- Entrapped nerve by the piriformis muscle
However, some other dysfunctions of the joints of the spine can present like sciatica. For example, we often see patients with a misdiagnosis of sciatic pain when they have SI Joint Dysfunction or Facet Syndrome. With these conditions, the pain refers down; however, the pain is not due to an impingement of the sciatic nerve bundle.
An accurate diagnosis matters for securing the best treatment protocol for sciatica.
How is Sciatica Diagnosed?
Sciatica is frequently misdiagnosed leading to unnecessary and ineffective treatments. For example, doctors may order an MRI of the low back to look for herniated discs. The discovery of a herniated disc then leads to a discectomy.
Unfortunately, the pain is still present after surgery because just seeing a herniated disc on an MRI can’t confirm it’s the pain generator. In fact, approximately 60% of people that have herniated discs don’t experience pain.
Even if the pain generator is a herniated disc pressing on a nerve root or spinal stenosis, non-surgical decompression or long axis-traction is inexpensive, non-invasive and can be extremely effective.
Before diagnosing the cause of sciatic pain, Dr. Manteris rules out other potential causes. Dr. Manteris conducts a thorough patient history and examination. His goal is to understand and address the root cause of the pain and create a customized treatment plan to address and relieve the sciatic pain.
How is Sciatica Treated with Chiropractic Care?
Dr. Manteris works with each patient to determine the right diagnosis and treatments are most effective to get you back on your feet quickly and safely. Chiropractic spinal adjustments are a safe and effective tool in the management of the conditions that cause sciatica. Utilizing a variety of physical modalities that include spinal decompression, soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic exercise, laser and lifestyle modifications. In most circumstances, spine surgery and injections are not necessary.
Broomfield Spine + Injury Offer Effective Sciatica Pain Treatment
At Broomfield Spine + Injury, we believe patient health matters! We want each patient to feel seen and heard. Plus, we want to feel confident the treatment you receive offers an effective solution. Dr. Manteris has extensive experience diagnosing low back pain accurately, including sciatic pain.