Sciatica Specialist

Willis Wellness Group

Integrated Medical Clinic located in Florence, SC

If you suffer from sciatica pain, you need effective relief. Ray Willis, DC, and his team at Willis Wellness Group in Florence, South Carolina, offer chiropractic care, spinal decompression therapy, and other forms of physiotherapy and rehabilitation to reduce sciatica symptoms. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a side effect of conditions that cause inflammation, irritation, or compression of the sciatic nerve in your lower back. The sciatic nerve extends from your lower back into your buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet on both sides of your body. Signs of sciatica include:

  • Sharp, shooting pain down the backs of your legs
  • Numbness and tingling in your legs
  • Muscle weakness in your lower legs
  • Tripping and poor balance
  • Buttock pain
  • Pain that’s worse with bending at the waist or sitting

Sciatica symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe, debilitating pain. In some cases, coughing, sneezing, or having a bowel movement can exacerbate your symptoms.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica can be caused by any condition that compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve. Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Poor posture
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Pregnancy
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Lumbar facet syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated discs

In most cases, the sciatic nerve is only affected on one side of your body, although it’s possible to have symptoms in both of your legs.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

To diagnose sciatica, your provider will first ask where you experience the pain, when you experience it, and what kind of movements worsen or improve your pain. Then your provider will perform a physical exam to assess your range of motion, nerve function, muscle strength, and flexibility in your lower back, buttocks, and legs.

Orthopedic tests are also used to identify the source of your sciatic pain. Orthopedic tests may involve bending, twisting, stretching, or bringing your legs up toward your chest while lying on your back.

If needed, your provider may refer you for X-rays or an MRI. Based on your results, your provider will explain your diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms.

How is sciatica treated?

Your provider will take a multifaceted approach to relieve your sciatica pain. Common treatments to eliminate sciatica pain include chiropractic care, spinal decompression therapy, massage therapy, hot or cold therapy, and specialized stretches and exercises.

Depending on your diagnosis, your provider may recommend some or all of these therapies to help you.

If you have sciatica and want relief from your pain, book an appointment online or over the phone with Willis Wellness Group today.