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Achieve Wellness Medical Center

Pain Management Medical Practices located in Columbia, MO

Sciatica is a common but painful condition that affects up to 40% of Americans. Without early intervention and treatment, sciatica can affect your ability to work, exercise, or spend time with friends and family. At Achieve Wellness Medical Center, their advanced medical providers use holistic and minimally invasive treatments to relieve sciatica pain. To make an appointment at the practice in Columbia, Missouri, call the office or click the online booking feature today.

Sciatica Q&A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when your sciatic nerve –– the longest nerve in your body –– becomes compressed by a herniated disc, a bone spur, or a narrowing of the spine. Sciatica can also be caused by the tightness of the muscle. Over time, the pressure on your sciatic nerve causes pain, tingling, and numbness, affecting your balance, mobility, and quality of life.

Most cases of sciatica are mild and resolve on their own. If your symptoms persist or they don’t respond to at-home treatments like over-the-counter pain medication and rest, make an appointment at Achieve Wellness Medical Center right away.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The most common symptom of sciatica is lower back pain that radiates into your buttocks, thighs, legs, and feet. As the condition gets worse, you might experience tingling or electric-shock-like sensations that affect your balance and mobility. You might also notice that the pain is worse when you cough, sneeze, or sit for an extended period.

Who is at risk of sciatica?

Sciatica affects people of all ages and races, but several factors may increase your risk, including:

  • Generalized weakness
  • Poor physical fitness
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Weight issues
  • Working a job that requires you to bend, lift, or twist
  • Carrying heavy loads
  • Poor posture

You’re also more likely to experience sciatica if you have an underlying medical condition like diabetes. When your blood sugar levels are consistently high, you’re also more likely to experience neuropathy (permanent nerve damage).

How is sciatica diagnosed?

To diagnose sciatica, your Achieve Wellness Medical Center provider reviews your health history and asks about your symptoms, including their severity and if any activities, like sitting or lying down, make them worse. Next, they conduct a physical exam, testing your reflexes, muscle strength, and range of motion. 

They might also ask you to walk on your toes or heels or have you lie down and lift your legs one at a time. If these tests don’t provide enough information about your condition, they might order X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan to rule out underlying issues.

How is sciatica treated?

Achieve Wellness Medical Center treats sciatica using a holistic, integrative, and minimally invasive approach. After determining the severity of your symptoms, your provider might recommend:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical therapy
  • Trigger point injections
  • Dry needling
  • Back bracing
  • Regenerative treatments

Sometimes, one treatment method is enough to provide relief. Other times, a combination of treatments is necessary.

To learn more about the treatment options for sciatica, make an appointment at Achieve Wellness Medical Center by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.

Here at Achieve Wellness Medical Center, our medical team will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to decrease pain, improve motion and strength. The overall goal would be to restore your normal function.
 
Most people with Sciatica in the Columbia area are searching for all-natural, less-invasive treatment options. But do you want the risk of becoming dependent upon these treatments or risk the side effects? Or, what if your Sciatica problems can’t be solved with surgery? Or a medication that you may need to take more and more of to handle the pain but never actually solve the problem?
 
We’re dedicated to patients who feel out of options, and that’s why we offer an array of treatments for chronic Sciatica, including regenerative treatments and enriched plasma.
 
Enriched plasma treatments involve taking your own blood, removing other elements of the blood that aren’t essential to our purposes, and injecting the concentrated platelets and plasma into your joint or soft tissue. Your blood contains many substances that your body naturally produces to help you heal—platelets, growth factors, and cytokines. We use enriched plasma to deliver a much-needed dose of these healing factors at the site of your knee pain.
 
We’re dedicated to patients who feel out of options, and that’s why we offer an array of treatments for Sciatica, including regenerative treatments and enriched plasma.