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Sciatica

Sciatica Treatment in Loveland, CO

One of the most mysterious conditions responsible for pain is sciatica.  For some sufferers, the discomfort it causes disrupts many daily activities.  Fortunately, treatment can bring relief to patients who visit our Gateway Family Chiropractic practice.  Our chiropractors in Loveland, CO provides only natural treatment that does not involve medication or surgery.

patient getting sciatica treatment by chiropractor

What Exactly is Sciatica?

Many people mistakenly believe that sciatica represents a specific diagnosis.  It is actually a symptom of a medical condition. 

Nerve roots branch out from the lower spine, then come together to form the sciatic nerve.  This is the largest single human nerve.  Sciatica occurs when this nerve becomes compressed or irritated.

The most common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Continual pain in just one buttock or one leg, rarely in both
  • Pain that worsens when seated
  • Burning, searing pain, or tingling in a leg
  • Numbness, weakness, or trouble moving the affected leg, foot, or toes, or all of them
  • Pain so sharp that standing up or walking might be difficult
  • Radiating pain that runs down a leg, sometimes also into a foot and toes

Pain generated by sciatica varies greatly.  Some individuals experience constant discomfort so severe that it incapacitates them.  However, sciatica might also be merely an irritation that occurs from time to time.

Six underlying conditions are the most common causes of sciatica.  A lumbar herniated disc occurs when the inner components break out of a disc and pinch a nerve root.  Degenerated discs that develop in the lower back can irritate nerve roots.  In patients with isthmic spondylolisthesis, slippage of a vertebra might pinch a nerve.  Narrowing of a lumbar spinal stenosis patient’s spinal canal commonly results in sciatica.  Sometimes the piriformis muscle irritates or pinches a nerve root.  Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a cause when irritation to the sacroiliac joint also irritates a nerve.

Less-common causes include pregnancy, epidural fibrosis, muscle strains, infections, fractures, spinal tumors, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Sciatica Treatment from Gateway Family Chiropractic

Sciatica sufferers who visit our Gateway Family Chiropractic practice receive a customized treatment plan after our doctors of chiropractic complete a comprehensive exam and a health history.  Treatment from a chiropractor involves only natural therapies that avoid medication or surgery. 

Spinal decompression provides relief from sciatic nerve pain.  This involves making adjustments to realign the spine by using manual manipulation to very gently stretch it.  Manipulation alters the spine’s force and position and takes pressure off the nerves and other spinal structures.  Exercises help some patients.  Chiropractors also sometimes recommend lifestyle changes and massage therapy.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Chiropractors in Loveland, CO

Don’t let sciatica interfere with the activities you love.  To schedule an appointment with a chiropractor in Loveland, CO, call us today at 970-669-7620.  Brothers Dr. David and Dr. Michael Hughes are co-owners of Gateway Family Chiropractic.  They offer neurologically based chiropractic care for families in the Loveland, Windsor, Greeley, Berthoud, and Fort Collins area and are nationally certified in spinal decompression.

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Gateway Family Chiropractic

Monday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 pm - 12:00 pm

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Friday:

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Saturday:

8:00 am - 11:00 am

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Testimonials

  • "I was in constant pain for years. I started getting adjusted with Gateway Family Chiropractic in Dec. for CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome). After 4 visits the pain has dramatically reduced and is now at a 2/10 from a 10/10 on a pain scale. Now I come in one a month for maintenance and have no complains!"
    Bruce E - Longmont, CO
  • "Gateway Doctors, with only a few visits under my belt I feel so much better. On a regular basis here recently I encounter a rib problems where they were pushing on a nerve to where it became hard to breath I couldn't deal sith the symptoms. I called Dr. Hughes for much needed immediate relief. I caught them at the office after hours and explained my situation. They worked on my for about 20 minutes and I left with less side pain & was walking up right again. Gateway is the best would recommend 10 x over sincerely"
    Don C. - Loveland, CO
  • "All the staff at Gateway Chiropractic are wonderful. Dr. Mike Hughes has given my pain relief for the first time in over a year. Can't wait to continue my treatment!!!"
    Jennifer H. - Loveland, CO
  • "Drs. David and Michael Hughes are wonderful. My son had been going to another chiropractor with no results. Within just a few visits to Gateway Family Chiropractic, my son was able to return to work. Thank you Drs. David and Mike Hughes."
    Joe A. - Fort Collins, CO
  • "I came to this office a year ago with debilitating hip problems. I was so missed up it took about 6 months to get it to hold. After my first appointment, I no longer was needing pain medication. The most amazing part about this office is that Dr. Dave and Dr. Mike really take the time to know what was happening in my body. They recommend much needed supplements that helped in me get my life back. I could not function before I started coming here and will always be grateful for their knowledge and expertise in their field. THANK YOU GATEWAY. Don't forget how amazing the office staff is as well. Best chiropractic office in Northern Colorado. I definitely recommend you guys every day to others who need you!"
    Marissa S. - Loveland, CO
  • "Our Infant, Merrick, was placed with ear infection, congestion, and cough. Antibiotics were not helping and made things worse. He began vomiting. We were all exhausted & frustrated. We couldn't find anything that worked! We brought him to Gateway Chiropractic in Loveland. With steady treatments his ear infection and other symptoms went away. He is healthy and now growing without ear infection complications. This was a blessing for our baby and our family! We are so grateful!"
    C. Muth - Loveland, CO
  • "After a thorough and thoughtful review of the x-rays of my back and hips, Dr. Hughes adjusted me from my head to my knees. Yep, my knees! I was able to kneel down on the floor with my kids for the first time in years with no stiffness or achy knees. During the adjustment I felt unhurried and relaxed. I left with more range of motion in my neck, shoulders... & knees. Thank you! I recommend Dr. Hughes as a qualified and caring chiropractor!"
    Richard T. - Loveland, CO
  • "The staff is amazing. The practitioners were more than happy to try and treat my severe neck pain and limited range of motion. I could hardly move my head and upper back 2 weeks ago. After a series of x-rays to I.D. the problem, some other quantitative testing, both chiropractors were able to treat my PROBLEM in addition to diminishing my SYMPTOMS. After 2 weeks, I have full range, hardly any pain, slept better and more energy. I would HIGHLY recommend beginning ANY un-wellness at this clinic prior to MD approach to medication. THANKS FOR MAKING ME BETTER!"
    Rose W. - Loveland, CO
  • "My whole family LOVES Gateway Chiropractic. Dr. Mike and Dave are excellent! They are knowledgeable and take the time to explain how the body works & what they're doing to help the body heal. All the members of the team are friendly and helpful. I always enjoy my visits and love that they keep my healthy!"
    Stacey R. - Loveland, CO
  • "I was in constant pain for years. I started getting adjusted with Gateway Family Chiropractic in Dec. for CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome). After 4 visits the pain has dramatically reduced and is now at a 2/10 from a 10/10 on a pain scale. Now I come in one a month for maintenance and have no complains!"
    Bruce E - Longmont, CO
  • "Drs' Mike and David are competent, concerned, and caring chiropractors. I am impressed with the tables they use to administer adjustments. The dropping mechanism makes the adjustment so focused and exact. I feel less pain and have more flexibility and range of motion now than before I began my treatments."
    Diane L. - Berthoud, CO
  • "I have severe arthritis. The pain getting worse & I thought I might need to have a hip replacement. Even after the first adjustment my hip felt better and I could finally sleep all night without waking in pain. Now I have almost no pain most nights and I am walking without limping. I am now doing yoga and Zumba, two activities I ahd stayed away from because my hip pain just wouldn't allow it! I had never gone to a Chiropractor before, now I don't think I will ever stop!"
    Dixie S. - Loveland, CO