Definition, Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options


Sciatica PainVibrant Health & Wellness Center Provides Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment

Dr. Doug Stithem’s integrated Medical and Chiropractic Office in Chattanooga TN provides lasting Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief to hundreds of our area neighbors each year. The office has been extremely successful in the Treatment of Sciatic Pain. Patients seeking care describe their pain as shooting, burning, electrical pain that runs from the low back and/or buttocks, down the leg to the foot and toes. Often described as cramping, tingling, even burning pain that can be unbearable. Today you can treat sciatic nerve pain without surgery, finding long term, safe and gentle Sciatic Pain Relief at Vibrant Life & Wellness Center, right here in Chattanooga TN.

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What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful lower back condition that affects men and women alike. The pain appears to start from the lower back and moves down towards the buttock, along the back or side of the thigh, and finally down into the calf region. It can sometimes even extend to the feet and toes.

People who suffer from sciatica usually feel pain only on one side of their body. The sharp pain follows the route of any one of the two sciatic nerves that branch off from the lumbar nerves of the spinal cord.

Symptoms of Sciatica

In addition to feeling a radiating pain on one side of the lower body, other symptoms which are associated with this condition include:

  • Numbness and/or burning
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty in controlling or moving the leg

Patients with sciatica often find it difficult to sit or stand for longer durations without experiencing pain. The pain can last anywhere from a few weeks to months and can be rather unbearable if left untreated.

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Common Causes of Sciatica

Sciatic pain is primarily caused due to is unnatural compression of the lumbar nerves. There are several reasons which could cause this nerve compression. Some of the causes of sciatica are listed below:

Spinal Disc Herniation:

The herniation extends into the spinal canal and as a result presses on one of the sciatic nerve roots. This mostly leads to inflammation and swelling of the surrounding tissue, resulting in further compression of the nerve. Sciatica can be treated by reducing the inflammation and if the disc herniation heals and retracts off the nerve root.

Spinal Stenosis:

The spinal canal narrows and compresses for those who suffer from spinal stenosis. This pinches and irritates the spinal cord and may even affect the sciatic nerve roots. Some of the main causes of spinal stenosis are bone spurs, spondylolisthesis, inflammation of soft-tissue or a herniated disc.

Spinal Subluxations/Misalignment:

Sciatic pain can be caused when one or more of the lower spine vertebrae moves into an improper position which may irritate one of the nerve roots that make up the sciatic nerve.


Spinal tumors that intrude on the spinal cord or the nerve roots can also lead to sciatica. These tumors can cause excruciating lower back pain that spreads to the hips and feet. Some of the other symptoms of spinal tumors can also consist of muscle weakness or loss of bowel control.


Any physical trauma caused to the spine, such as a bad fall or car accident, may result in sciatic pain.

Piriformis Syndrome:

The sciatic nerve runs right through the piriformis muscle which connects from the base of the spine to the hip joint. If the piriformis muscle shortens or spasms, it can compress the sciatic nerve and cause pain.


Pregnant women can also experience the symptoms of sciatica. Force of the uterus on the sciatic nerve, muscular tension, lower back vertebral compression, weight of the fetus, postural changes, etc., all have the potential to compromise the sciatic nerve.

Poor Lifestyle Habits:

Lifestyle habits can greatly contribute to negatively affecting your spinal health. Sitting in an incorrect posture, standing for longer duration’s, wearing heavy objects among others can lead to sciatica.

Sciatica Treatment Options

Often times patients will first reach out to their family doctor for advice on treating sciatic pain. Their MD normally prescribe some anti-inflammatory pills or muscle relaxants for short-term pain relief. The patients may also be recommended massage therapy, physiotherapy sessions, and stretching exercises to address the muscles. However, these therapies provide only temporary relief and does not eliminate the underlying cause of the pain which allows it to return, leaving the patient feeling helpless.

The quickest, safest and most effective path to healing can only be done after targeting the root cause of sciatica. Dr. Doug Stithem D.C., a renowned doctor at Vibrant Life Health & Wellness of Chattanooga does just that at his medically integrated chiropractic office, helping patients suffering from sciatica find lasting relief through targeted healing therapies structured on individualized care planes.

The treatment options are safe, non-invasive and non-surgical, with guaranteed relief from sciatica. Contact Vibrant Life Health & Wellness of Chattanooga today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug to begin your path to a pain-free life.

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