Dr. Droege and the staff at Esquire Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine treat patients with sciatic nerve pain on a regular basis.
Sciatica pain happens when lower back pain radiates down either one or both of the patients legs. This can be a constant and debilitating condition or an occasional mild exacerbation. In either case, our mission is to remedy the underlying condition.
Patients have described the pain caused by sciatica as being a dull ache to a feeling of electrical shocks in the region. Some even report symptoms of tingling, burning, and even numbness. To understand and treat this pain, it must first be understood that sciatica is not a condition, but rather a symptom of one.
What Causes Sciatica?
The sciatica is a nerve located in the lower back. Compression of this nerve causes acute and chronic pain. Any number of things can cause this to happen; including car accidents, pregnancy, or a bulging and herniated disc. It is also caused by piriformis syndrome, where a muscle at the lower part of the spine is injured causing it to spasm and pinch the cluster of sciatica nerves.
Proper diagnosis of the cause of sciatica is an essential part of relieving the pain. The medical team at Esquire will first look over your medical history and give you a thorough physical examination. Scanning may also be needed in order to pinpoint the source. This is an important step as some of the pain management techniques employed by Esquire.
Treatment of sciatica pain is dependent on its cause and will probably include a number of different therapies for maximum results. Esquire Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine has the facilities available for the following treatments of sciatica and the expertise needed to administer them:
- Ultrasound therapy: Sound waves are used to penetrate the deep tissue of the lower back and increase circulation. This will reduce the muscle spasms that are pinching the nerves as well as improve the stiffness, swelling, and pain.
- Cold Laser Therapy: This also penetrates the muscle and soft tissue to reduce the inflammation and remove the pressure that is being put onto the nerve.
- Spinal Manipulation: This is the mainstay of chiropractic care. When Dr. Droege applies spinal manipulation it is a proven way to reduce spinal fixation.
Whether a symptom of your pregnancy or caused by a car accident or other type of trauma, the team at Esquire is here to help relieve the cause of sciatica. The oldest sports medicine clinic in St. Louis has had years of experience in dealing with this pain. Call and set up your appointment today at (314) 644-0885.