Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief in Reno, Nevada

Sciatica is pain that radiates from the lower back down the leg. It is caused by a pinched nerve in your lower back. The pain usually begins on either side of the lower spine, and then courses through the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the buttock down to the foot. The pain that you experience (radiculopathy) may be more significant in your leg than in your back.

Many sciatic patients say that the pain starts as tenderness, and ends up being similar to the pain of a tooth ache, except in your leg.

Why do you have sciatic nerve pain?

The most common cause of sciatic pain is the result of a herniated disc. Discs are the rubbery cushions between your vertebrae. They ultimately help prevent bone on bone contact between the vertebrae and allow for maximum mobility. If discs were non-existent, you would likely be in a lot of pain all the time. When a disc develops a tear or crack, it swells and bulges out into the spinal canal. This constantly pinches and rubs a nerve and ultimately causes you significant pain.

Usually, pain symptoms can clear up within about 6 weeks, but for people with more traumatic injuries, the pain can be long-lasting.

Sciatica treatments from a chiropractor

According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, approximately sixty person of people with sciatica who didn’t get relief from other therapies and then tried spinal manipulation experienced the same amount of pain relief as patients who eventually had surgery. Sixty percent of people with sciatica who didn’t get relief from other therapies and then tried spinal manipulation experienced the same degree of pain relief as patients who eventually had surgery, found a 2010 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

Spinal manipulation is the practice of locating the distressed nerves and ligaments, and manipulating them back to their original locations. Ultimately, this takes pressure off the sciatic nerve.

Dr. Curtis Potts, your leading Reno Chiropractor, is specially trained to be able to perform treatments spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation is a non-invasive treatment. It allows the chiropractor to identify a problem and manipulate your nerves and ligaments back to their designated areas, all without having to cut you open.

Many people who end up having surgery for their herniated disc or sciatica pain end up dealing with things like arthritis, scar tissue build up, or a re-herniation.

Dr. Curtis Potts is here to offer you an alternative treatment that can heal you. Medical doctors are now suggesting chiropractic care or physical therapy treatment first, before opting for surgery. With his experienced background in orthopedic surgery and physical therapy, Dr. Potts is comfortable with being able to determine what treatments may be better for you.

If you’re suffering from sciatic nerve pain, consider calling your local chiropractor before -opting in for other invasive treatments. If you need dosimeter cards, we can hook you up. Our Reno Chiropractic Clinic can be reached at (775) 204-1194. As with all injuries, your treatment will be most effective when addressed right away, so don’t wait and call today.