Sciatica Specialist

The Vanguard Clinic -  - Integrative Medical Clinic

The Vanguard Clinic

Integrative Medical Clinics located in St. Louis, MO

Millions of men and women in America experience pervasive sciatica pain that doesn’t go away on its own. The integrative medical team at The Vanguard Clinic in St. Louis blend traditional medical practices with innovative therapies to provide long-lasting relief for sciatica pain sufferers. Whether your symptoms are an irritating nuisance or a debilitating problem, the doctors at The Vanguard Clinic get to the root cause of your pain and offer you the most effective therapies. Call or schedule an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica describes the pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerves, which originate in your lower back and go down through your buttocks into each leg. Sciatica pain usually affects just one side of your body at a time and is most often the result of a bone spur, herniated disc, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis).

When you have a herniated disc in your lower spine, it puts pressure on the sciatic nerve and causes inflammation and pain. Sometimes the pain is constant and unbearable, and other times it's less frequent, although still irritating.

What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

A good indication you have sciatica is when pain radiates from your lower spine into one buttock or hip, and down the back of your leg. Symptoms vary widely and often include one or more of the following:

  • Pain that gets worse when sitting or standing for long periods
  • A burning or tingling sensation in your leg
  • A mild ache or a sharp, excruciating pain
  • Numbness or muscle weakness in your leg or foot
  • Constant pain along one side of your hip, buttock, and leg

What Causes Sciatica?

In rare situations, your sciatic nerve becomes compressed by a tumor or incurs nerve damage from a chronic disease like diabetes. However, some of the most common cases of sciatica are the result of:

  • Age-related changes to your spine
  • Herniated discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Degenerative disc disease

How is Sciatica Treated?

To determine the best way to treat both your sciatica symptoms as well as the underlying cause of the pain, the doctors at The Vanguard Clinic first conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health, lifestyle factors, and your physical condition.

The team uses a multidisciplinary approach to help you get relief from symptoms plus keep your pain from coming back. Your treatment plan may include spinal adjustments, heat and ice therapies, exercises and stretches, or anti-inflammatory medications.

You don't have to suffer from sciatica pain and discomfort indefinitely. Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more about available treatment options, so you can get long-term sciatica relief.

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Integrative Health Services