Sciatica Specialist

Renova Medical Center -  - Integrated Medical Center

Renova Medical Center

Integrated Medical Center located in Columbia, MO

Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. When this nerve is compromised, it can cause major physical problems. Sciatica does more than cause you pain — it often keeps you from your daily activities. At Renova Medical Center we are highly trained in relieving sciatic pain and getting you back to doing what you love. If you’re in the Columbia, Missouri, area, call or book an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is the sciatic nerve?

To better understand sciatica, it helps to step back and take a look at the cause of the problem — your sciatic nerve. This nerve is the single largest, and longest, in your body. Starting at the base of your spine, the sciatic nerve branches out and travels down the backs of both your legs. From there, the two nerves branch out further, sending smaller nerves down into your feet. In effect, your sciatic nerve acts like a neuron super highway for the lower half of your body.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is the term used to describe the pain or discomfort associated with this nerve when it’s irritated or blocked, otherwise known as a pinched nerve. The symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Constant pain on one side of your buttocks and down the corresponding leg
  • Intermittent pain with certain movements, causing pain to radiate down through one of your legs
  • A tingling sensation down one of your buttocks and legs
  • Numbness or weakness on one side

Sciatica most often originates where your nerve originates — in your low back. Your sciatic nerve has five roots that start in your lumbar and sacrum regions, and each of these roots is susceptible to interference, which leads to sciatica.

What causes sciatica?

The main causes of sciatica are:

  • A herniated disk in your lumbar spine
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Spondylolisthesis, or a small fracture
  • Stenosis, or a narrowing of your spinal canal
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

How is sciatica treated?

When treating your sciatica, we first determine the cause of the irritation. Armed with this information, he’s better able to treat you with therapies that include:

  • Spinal adjustments to correct misalignments in your spine
  • Corrective care exercises that build up balance in your body
  • Flexibility work to increase range of motion
  • Neuromuscular re-education for improved movement

We work tirelessly to regain your freedom of movement, often combining various therapies.

To relieve your sciatic pain, call Renova Medical Center, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.