Sciatica Specialist

Curtis Potts, DC -  - Chiropractor

Mt. Rose Chiropractic

Curtis Potts, DC

Chiropractor located in Reno, NV

If you’re among the 40% or more individuals with sciatica, you can count on Mt. Rose Chiropractic in Reno, Nevada, for effective noninvasive treatment. With years of experience, Curtis Potts, DC, uses a drug-free chiropractic approach to manage painful conditions like sciatica. His goal is treating the source of your condition and effectively managing your discomfort. Call today or use the convenient contact form to schedule a consultation.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is pain related to your sciatic nerves. Your sciatic nerve, the longest in your body, connects your feet to your spinal cord. Problems with the nerve create a host of uncomfortable symptoms.

What does sciatica feel like?

Common signs of sciatica include radiating pain that spreads from your lower back into your hips, buttocks, and legs. Apart from being painful, sciatica causes sensations that include:

  • Mild aches
  • Sharp burning
  • Electrical jolts

Sciatica usually affects only one side of your body. It's often triggered when you sneeze, cough, or sit for a long time.

What causes sciatica?

This condition occurs for a variety of reasons, especially as a result of herniated discs or bone spurs in your spine. Certain health conditions and lifestyle factors heighten your risk of getting sciatica, including:

  • Sitting for long periods
  • Obesity, which exerts too much stress on your spine
  • A job that includes a lot of heavy lifting, twisting, or long stretches of driving
  • Nerve damage from diseases like diabetes

Because sciatica can cause severe and debilitating nerve damage, Dr. Potts advises you to make an appointment as soon as you experience the warning signs of sciatica.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Dr. Potts sits down with you to review your medical history. His goal is to understand your overall health and determine what’s provoking your pain and other symptoms. He asks when the pain began and other diagnostic questions.

He then performs a thorough physical exam. The doctor also evaluates your range of motion, strength, and reflexes. He may recommend X-rays, an MRI, or other tests to confirm whether you have sciatica or another ailment.

How is sciatica treated?

Dr. Potts recommends a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms without surgery or medications. Your plan typically includes exercises to correct your posture, strengthen the muscles supporting your back, and improve your flexibility.

He may suggest spinal adjustment, a form of chiropractic therapy. The goal is to restore spinal movement and minimize pain.

You also may benefit from active release techniques, which are targeted manipulations of your muscles and tissues to release your trapped nerve and alleviate pain.

Take a step for your health and well-being today. Call Mt. Rose Chiropractic or use the convenient contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Potts.

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