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Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica services offered in Tacoma and Puyallup, WA

Tingling or radiating pain down your lower back could mean you have sciatica. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with bothersome sciatica discomfort or take medications to achieve pain relief. At Active Chiropractic in Tacoma and Puyallup, Washington, experienced chiropractor Bradley Mundt, DC, and his skilled team offer holistic sciatica treatments to ease your discomfort naturally. Call the office to learn more or use the online booking feature today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a common condition that causes radiating pain from your lower back down your buttocks and into one of your legs. It results when your sciatic nerve gets compressed, often due to a bulging or herniated disc. Treatment at Active Chiropractic offers you relief from this often-debilitating condition. 

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Radiating lower back pain
  • Buttocks pain
  • Leg discomfort
  • Mild aching
  • Sharp pain
  • Burning discomfort
  • Electric shocks
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling

The pain could get worse when you sneeze, cough, or sit for prolonged periods. Your discomfort often affects just one side of the body. You could also develop loss of feeling in the affected leg or reduced bladder or bowel function. 

What are the risk factors for sciatica?

Some causes and risk factors associated with sciatica include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Nerve compression
  • Bone spurs
  • Tumors
  • Diabetes
  • Older age
  • Carrying excess body weight
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Physically demanding jobs
  • Heavy lifting
  • Trauma 

The best ways to reduce sciatica pain include maintaining good posture, getting regular exercise, and using proper lifting techniques for heavy objects. 

How is the cause of sciatica diagnosed?

The Active Chiropractic team determines if sciatica is the cause of your pain by reviewing your symptoms and medical history. They also check your blood pressure and other vital signs before completing a physical exam. 

Your specialist might suggest you complete blood tests, nerve-function testing, X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures to make a final diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan. 

How is sciatica treated?

Treatments available at Active Chiropractic for sciatica include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Physical therapy 
  • Injections
  • Ice or cold packs

Your specialist tailors each sciatica treatment to match your needs, helping you avoid invasive surgery and pain medicine. They may recommend additional diet and lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise. 

You might undergo a series of treatments to receive optimal results. The Active Chiropractic team follows up with you to ensure your treatment works the way it’s designed to and can answer any questions.

To get relief from sciatica pain, call the Active Chiropractic office or schedule an appointment online today.

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