As many as four in 10 Americans suffer from sciatica. If you have this persistent lower back pain that radiates into your leg, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness can help. Their world-class pain management experts offer all-encompassing sciatica care at their Bloomingdale, Illinois, office. Using cutting-edge functional and integrative medicine treatments, they can address the actual root cause of your pain for lasting healing. Book your appointment online now or call the office to arrange your consultation.

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Sciatica is pain that’s caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve. This nerve, your body’s longest, extends from your lower back, down your buttocks, and through your legs. Usually, sciatica shows up in just one branch of your sciatic nerve (the left or right).

When you have sciatica, you experience lower back pain that travels down the sciatic nerve pathway. About 10% of people who suffer from lower back pain are experiencing sciatica.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica is a unique kind of lower back pain. It sometimes causes the most uncomfortable symptoms in other areas, including your hips, buttocks, and legs. The most common characteristics of sciatica are:

  • Shooting pain that starts in your lower back
  • Symptoms that appear on just one side of your body
  • Numbness in your leg or foot
  • Tingling in your leg or foot
  • Leg or foot weakness

The degree of sciatica pain can vary from one person to another and even within the same person at different times. You can experience pain ranging from mild discomfort to terrible shock-like pain.

What causes sciatica?

The vast majority of sciatica — 90% of cases — is caused by disc herniation accompanied by nerve root compression. Less commonly, lumbar spinal stenosis and tumors can cause sciatica.

In many cases, inflammation is the root cause of sciatica, as research shows that it’s closely tied to lumbar disc herniation.

What does sciatica treatment involve?

The first part of your treatment involves identifying your particular health problems. The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness uses thorough diagnostic testing to work their way backward until they find the actual cause of your sciatica.

Then, you’ll start a personalized sciatica treatment plan. Some of the extensive services available include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic care
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy
  • Reiki healing
  • Psychotherapy
  • Regenerative medicine injections
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Clinical hypnotherapy

In many cases, you’ll use several different treatments to fully deal with the root causes of sciatica and its damaging effects.

At The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness, the caring specialists understand how sciatica can affect your health. They’re here to treat your mind, body, and spirit to guide you to lasting pain relief. Call the office now or use the online scheduler to book your appointment.