Sciatica Specialist

Active Health

Dr. Michael Orefice

Acupuncture & Chiropractic Physician & Sports Medicine located in Milford, CT

Sciatica can be an excruciating condition that makes it difficult to get comfortable, walk, or even fall asleep. Dr. Michael Orefice of Active Health in Milford, Connecticut specializes in treating sciatica pain through a unique combination of chiropractic care, acupuncture, and sports medicine treatment methods. He tailors a natural therapy plan that treats the underlying cause of your sciatica pain, not just the symptoms. Call or schedule a consultation using the online system to get lasting relief from sciatica.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica describes the lower back and leg pain that happens as a result of damage to your sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerves originate in your lower back, run through your buttocks, and down the back of each leg.

When one of these nerves is damaged, you can feel pain anywhere from your lower back, to your leg, all the way to your foot. Other sciatica symptoms often include:

  • Constant, dull ache in your low back, buttocks, or back of one leg
  • Sharp, stabbing pain in your hip or leg that makes sitting or walking painful
  • Burning, tingling, or numbness that begins in your lower back or buttocks and travels down the back of one leg and into your foot
  • Pain down the side of one leg causing discomfort in any position

What causes sciatica?

Herniated discs in your spine are one of the biggest culprits of sciatica pain. Other reasons you may experience the sometimes debilitating symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pressure from pregnancy
  • Scar tissue from a previous injury

How is sciatica treated?

For mild sciatica pain, heat and ice may help relieve your painful symptoms. You can alternate heat and ice for 20-minute intervals to get temporary pain relief.

Chiropractic adjustments and manual techniques also help relieve the pressure on a sciatic nerve. Acupuncture is another option that is an FDA-approved treatment for back pain.

For many men and women suffering from sciatic pain, Dr. Mike can relieve your pain through Active Release Techniques® (ART). This hands-on, therapeutic massage approach breaks down scar tissue that irritates your sciatic nerve. To alleviate your pain, Dr. Mike treats this underlying cause, so you get long-term relief.

ART isn't a one-size-fits-all approach, so Dr. Mike creates a unique treatment and rehabilitation plan that addresses your specific condition. Through ART, he can massage and apply direct pressure to damaged muscles to help them release and heal.

As you experience ART treatments, you’ll regain range of motion and move damaged tissue away from your sciatic nerve, therefore eliminating painful symptoms.

You don’t have to live with sciatica pain indefinitely. Call or schedule a consultation today using the online booking tool.