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Sciatica Pain Relief - Causes and Treatment Options

Our primary goal is to address your hopes, wants, desires, and fears surrounding your pain by utilizing an advanced pain categorization system.

Our Chiropractic Treatment Approach Toward Sciatica

At ICT Muscle & Joint Clinic, our emphasis is on classifying pain through an intricate science-based, pain categorization system and then directing to the appropriate healthcare provider. If your sciatic pain is within a category of our skillset, we start addressing the concern as soon as possible. To better help you understand your at-home exercises, we have created Video Programs. This allows you to take your health back into your own hands, being mobile with your rehab and recovery.

We work hard to educate you as a customer in understanding your pain to allow you to make the most informed decisions possible for yourself. Knowledge is power, and self-empowerment is our game.

Common Associated Cost(s) for Sciatica Pain Care in the United States:

80000 +
Ranges up to $150,000
50000 +
Ranges up to $90,000
20000 +
Ranges up to $50,000
50000 +
Ranges up to $90,000

*It is important to note, many individuals must undergo rehabilitation services after a surgery. There is added time and expenses not calculated within cost of a surgery.

Our In-person, Telehealth, and Video Programs are designed to directly target the problem at hand with the appropriate intervention led by our pain auditing system. This can drastically decrease expenses to your sciatica recovery while eliminating the potential for undergoing expensive, time-consuming, invasive interventions.

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What Causes Sciatica?

What causes pain and what is the source of pain are two different matters. However, these two matters, conceptually become jumbled up into one. We should always separate these two as they are profoundly different. Causes can be infinite. The way you think, feel, move, or rest may cause the pain. Therefore “causes of pain” may be infinite. The source of pain may be local to the place of pain, irritating local pain fibers, or much further away, resulting in the need for further investigation and categorization of the pain if long-lasting results, or results at all, are the desired outcome.

The Mechanical (Movement Pillar) Dynamic of Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve within the body and is composed of 5 nerve roots (L4, L5, S1, S2, S3) which form a trunk. These nerves merge deep in buttock – roughly around the piriformis muscle. Because of this piriformis syndrome is drastically overused as a diagnosis.

Often, symptoms associated with the sciatic nerve are considered mechanical in nature; however, there may be many causes as to why the sciatic nerve can become irritated or inflamed (Nutritional Pillar).

Sciatica is largely thought of as a “pinched nerve.” While this is true, it is also not true. When discussing nerve pain – anywhere in the body – there are two types of nerve pain – container dependent and container independent. Container dependent is the often referred to as “pinched nerve.” It means something is putting compression on an aspect of the nerve somewhere. Container independent nerve pain refers to the chemistry or nutrition flowing within the nerve. Many do not realize but there is a flow of chemicals within a nerve called the axoplasmic flow. This is not quite the same as flow of nutrients within blood vessels, but the analogy helps to understand how nerves have a flow. Whenever sciatica is container dependent, it is often due to the “pinch” occurring within the lumbar spine – AKA lower back.

Common Sciatic Nerve Centric Diagnoses for Which We Screen

These are a few common diagnoses we screen and treat for regarding back symptoms and sciatica. This list is not exhaustive as many symptoms and concerns do not have great diagnoses.

  1. Lumbago
  2. Herniated Disc
  3. Sciatica
  4. Maigne Syndrome
  5. Piriformis Syndrome
  6. Meralgia Paresthetica
  7. Myofascial Trigger Points
  8. Femoral Nerve Entrapment
  9. Facet Arthropathy
  10. Spinal Stenosis
  11. Ankylosing Spondylitis
  12. Arthritis
  13. Spondylosis
  14. Radiculopathy
  15. Scoliosis
  16. Myalgia

Respecting Your Finances

By offering our various programs we can quickly assess and test what is driving your symptoms and in turn providing quick options for care. Because of this, we will not only speed up recovery, but decrease overall expenses.

Common Symptoms of Sciatica

  • Shooting electrical sensations

  • Weakness, numbness, burning sensations

  • Pins and needles

  • Bowel or bladder problems

  • Increased pain with walking upon waking or after sitting

How Often Does Sciatica Effect the Hips, Knees, and Feet?

According to the Extremity Pain of Spinal Source (EXPOSS) study, 71% of hip pain, 72% of thigh pain, 26% of knee pain, and 29% of ankle/foot pain came from the spine.1 There are many ways this is possible without being diagnosed as Sciatica; however, radicular or radiating symptoms are commonly diagnosed as Sciatica.

The Extra Professional Touch to Your Sciatic Pain

If there are specific services local to where you live, we will help direct you to those services if needed. By using us your portal of entry contact for your back health, we can be a non-biased party, providing only the best science-backed information. Our emphasis is on getting you to do what you need to do to liberate you from a system – the healthcare system.

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Content written by Dr. Keith Sparks, DC | Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) Practitioner, DNS Certified Exercise Trainer, Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified (SFMA) Certified, Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Certified
Content Reviewed by Dr. Samuel Reals, DC | MDT – McKenzie Methods/Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy – Part A

View Citations and References

1 Rosedale R, Rastogi R, Kidd J, Lynch G, Supp G, Robbins SM. A study exploring the prevalence of Extremity Pain of Spinal Source (EXPOSS). J Man Manip Ther. 2020;28(4):222-230. doi:10.1080/10669817.2019.1661706

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Contact Us with Further Questions

If you are in the Wichita, KS, area and are having frustrations, complications, or stagnant results with care, then contact us for in-person help with our unique healthcare approaches. If you are not within the greater Wichita, KS metro, we have created amazing Telehealth and Video Programs to provide you the same high-quality care. Contact our professional chiropractic staff at our East Wichita clinic or West Wichita clinic about possible treatments for your muscle, joint, nutrition, and health-related concerns today.

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