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Sciatica Specialist

Dr. Meaghan Clemens, D.C. -  - Chiropractor

Natural Health Chiropractic & Wellness

Dr. Meaghan Clemens, D.C.

Chiropractor located in Naperville, IL

Sciatica is a painful condition that occurs when a specific nerve in the lower back is irritated. This condition can make it difficult for patients to perform even the most basic tasks, such as walking and bending. Meaghan Clemens, DC, a chiropractor at Natural Health Chiropractic & Wellness in Naperville, Illinois, can help patients identify the factors contributing to their sciatica and find relief from their pain. To make an appointment for sciatica treatment, call Natural Health Chiropractic & Wellness today or schedule an appointment online.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve in the back becomes compressed or irritated. The sciatic nerve runs from the low back through both hips and down your legs. When this nerve becomes irritated, it sends pain down the path of the nerve. The pain can feel like a dull ache, or it may be sharp. Pain from sciatica often gets worse when you:

  • Sneeze
  • Cough
  • Move

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica can occur anytime the sciatic nerve is irritated. One of the most common causes of this problem is a herniated disc. However, it may also occur because of other issues, such as:

  • Bone spurs
  • Inflammation in the lower back

How does Dr. Clemens diagnose sciatica?

In many cases, Dr. Clemens will suspect that you have sciatica based on your symptoms, as well as the results of a physical exam. She may also review your medical history and order tests to identify specific issues contributing to your problem.

How does Natural Health Chiropractic & Wellness treat sciatica?

Dr. Clemens of Natural Health Chiropractic & Wellness approaches the treatment of sciatica differently than most other doctors. Rather than treating only the symptoms, she treats the patient as a whole person. Before prescribing any therapies, she takes the time to perform a thorough physical exam and learn about the patient’s symptoms and lifestyle. Based on this information, she creates a customized treatment plan designed to improve your symptoms and overall health.

Some of the treatments Dr. Clemens may recommend include:

  • Massage therapy to relieve tension in your muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain
  • Physical therapy, which employs a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and improve the overall function of your body
  • Acupuncture, which may improve some of the symptoms of sciatica, as well as your overall health
  • Chiropractic adjustments to resolve problems with alignment that may be contributing to your sciatic pain

In most cases, Dr. Clemens will recommend a combination of the treatments to enhance the effectiveness of your therapy.