Sciatica Specialist

Joyce Family Chiropractic and Wellness

Chiropractor & Massage Therapist located in Mount Greenwood, Chicago, IL

When you find it difficult to get out of bed or tend to your daily tasks because of chronic back pain, you may have sciatica. Dr. John Joyce at Joyce Family Medical Group in Mount Greenwood, Illinois, offers solutions to treat sciatica and alleviate the back pain you’ve been living with for too long. He offers chiropractic and physical therapies to get you back to normal. Schedule an appointment today using our online booking feature.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back, through the buttocks and hip, and down each leg. Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when vertebrae or a part of the spine, such as a bone spur, herniated disk, or tumor, compresses the sciatic nerve. Medical conditions like diabetes can damage the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica is a treatable condition, and Dr. Joyce offers several options to alleviate your pain and inflammation.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica causes discomfort in any area along the sciatic nerve. When something presses on the nerve, pain and inflammation radiate into these areas. Pain levels range from mild to severe. Certain movements, especially sudden sneezes or coughs, can make the pain feel like an electric shock.

Typically, sciatic pain only affects one side of the body. Symptoms may also include the following:

  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling sensations in the legs and feet

Who is at risk of sciatica?

Several factors influence your risk of developing sciatica, including aging. As you get older, your spine weakens and is susceptible to injury or disease, including herniated disks, degenerative disk disease, and bone spurs.

Being overweight also puts additional pressure on the spinal column and sciatic nerve. Certain medical conditions like diabetes cause nerve damage that results in sciatica.

If you work at a job involving lifting and carrying heavy objects, you may be prone to developing sciatica. Those who sit for prolonged periods each day also place additional stress on the low back and sciatic nerve.

How is sciatica treated?

Dr. Joyce offers several effective treatment options for treating sciatica, preventing pain, and protecting the sciatic nerve from damage. He creates a comprehensive plan based on your specific medical needs.

To heal inflamed tissues around the nerve, Dr. Joyce uses cold therapies. He also offers spinal manipulation services to correct misaligned vertebrae and reduce compression on the sciatic nerve. To improve blood circulation, Dr. Joyce employs ultrasound and cold laser technology, to penetrate muscle tissues. Ultrasounds also help reduce muscle cramping and spasms and loosen stiff joints.

By combining chiropractic care with physical therapy, Dr Joyce and his staff have a great deal of success treating sciatica.

Book your appointment online today.