Sciatica Specialist

Kevin Gehin, DC -  - Chiropractor

CoreMedical

Kevin Gehin, DC

Chiropractor & Medical Center located in Pittston, PA

Sciatica is known by its classic symptom of lower back pain that radiates down your leg. Whether your pain is severe or mild, Dr. Kevin Gehin at CoreMedical can develop a personalized treatment plan that focuses on the underlying cause, alleviates your pain, and helps prevent it from becoming chronic. Don’t wait until your back pain is severe, call their office in Pittston, Pennsylvania, or schedule an appointment online for a thorough evaluation and expert chiropractic care.

Sciatica Q & A

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain associated with the sciatic nerve, which travels from the base of your spine, through your buttocks, and down each leg. When the nerve is pinched at the spine, pain radiates along the nerve.

Underlying health conditions that often cause sciatica include:

  • Herniated disc (causes 90% of all cases)
  • Slipped disc
  • Bone spur
  • Spinal cord narrowing
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Muscle spasms in the buttocks

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Sciatica usually affects one leg, causing pain that ranges from mild to excruciating and is felt anywhere along the nerve. The pain may feel more like a burning sensation or a sudden jolt of pain. You can also develop numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot.

Are you at risk for sciatica?

Your risk for sciatica increases with age because years of pressure on your lower back lead to disc degeneration and herniation. You can lower your risk, however, by avoiding these factors:

  • Excess weight or obesity
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Frequently lifting heavy items

You can also lower your risk with routine chiropractic care from CoreMedical. As an expert in caring for your spine, Dr. Gehin can detect changes in your back and develop a plan to prevent a pinched nerve.

How does chiropractic care treat sciatica?

Dr. Gehin can eliminate pressure on the sciatic nerve by aligning your vertebrae using spinal adjustment, manipulation, or decompression. He performs spinal decompression by gently stretching your spine using a traction table.

As your spine stretches, the pressure on your nerve is relieved. Decompression also promotes blood flow to the area, which in turn promotes your body’s natural healing process.

Dr. Gehin may include several other therapies in your treatment plan, depending on your individual needs. You may undergo therapeutic massage or trigger point therapy to reduce muscle tension, and Dr. Gehin may use cold laser therapy to reduce inflammation, improve nerve function, and promote healing.

Dr. Gehin often evaluates your posture, because improper posture creates pressure on your spine that can lead to sciatica. When needed, the team at CoreMedical offer rehabilitative services to promote long-term health and pain relief.

If your pain lasts longer than one week, is severe, or worsens, schedule an appointment — call CoreMedical or use the online booking tool.