Sciatica Treatment for Clients in Kingwood, Texas

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The symptoms of sciatica often include sharp pain, numbness, tingling or burning in the back of the legs. In severe circumstances, weakness in the legs can also be seen. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels down the back of the leg to the bottom of the foot. It includes several smaller nerves and originates from the spine at the level of the low back. It passes under the piriformis muscles, which lies under the gluteus maximus muscle (main buttock muscle) on its way down the leg. Irritation of the sciatic nerve at any point along its path is commonly referred to as "sciatica".

A diagnosis of sciatica, however, is often of little use to the sufferer unless it specifically indicates where along the nerve the irritation is occurring. Although entrapment of the nerve can happen in several different places, the two most common sites are where the nerve originates at the spine and where the nerve passes under the piriformis muscle.

Both cases respond well to chiropractic services, although treatment can be drastically different depending on the cause.


Irritation of the nerve as it exits the spine is often the result of mechanical dysfunction of the joints of the spine. Occasionally, the nerves exiting the spine can become "pinched". Although the traditional idea of an impinged nerve is one that is sandwiched between two bones, we now know that nerves can become irritated at the spine in a number of different ways. Nerves can be pressed upon by bulging discs, encroached on by bony overgrowth or "stuck" to surrounding soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, fascia).


Sciatica related to joint dysfunction is best corrected using chiropractic adjustments. By using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore joints to a normal position and motion, the pressure placed on the nerve is quickly and painlessly reduced. This often results in immediate (sometimes dramatic) pain relief.

Sciatica related to disc injury often requires additional treatment methods. The McKenzie protocol and fixing movement impairments are keys to stabilizing the low back and pelvis. The aim of the McKenzie protocol is to reduce nerve impingement by "reshaping" the spinal disc with sustained pressure over successive treatments.

FAQ: What is Sciatica, or Sciatic nerve pain and what causes it?

Answer: Sciatica is a condition characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, through each buttock and down the back of each leg. It is typically caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve roots, often due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or muscle tightness in the buttocks. We often see Sciatica in patients who are pregnant or post pregnancy, patients who sit a lot, (working at computer or always driving), and we see this with athletes who are always stressing their low back and hips.

FAQ: How can chiropractic treatment help relieve sciatica pain?

Answer: Chiropractic treatment for sciatica focuses on correcting spinal and pelvic misalignments, reducing inflammation, and relieving pressure on the sciatic nerve. Chiropractors use techniques such as spinal adjustments, deep tissue therapy, and corrective exercises to address the underlying causes of sciatica and alleviate pain.

FAQ: Is chiropractic treatment safe and effective for sciatica?

Answer: Yes, chiropractic treatment for sciatica is generally safe when performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor. Dr. Hamel uses gentle and non-invasive techniques such as spinal realignment, SI joint/Pelvic joint alignments, corrective exercises/stretches and nutritional support to relieve sciatic nerve pain, reducing the need for medications or invasive procedures.  For stubborn cases of Sciatica Dr. Hamel will use a few sessions of shockwave therapy on the area to stimulate the healing. 

FAQ: How soon can I expect relief from sciatica pain with chiropractic treatment?

Answer: The timeframe for experiencing relief from sciatica pain varies depending on factors such as the severity of pain, how long the patient has been suffering, individual health history, and compliance to the treatment plan. Many patients experience significant improvement in pain and mobility after just a few chiropractic sessions, some patients can take up to 6-8 weeks to get relief. 

FAQ: What can I expect during my chiropractic appointment with Dr. Hamel for sciatica?

Answer: During a chiropractic appointment for sciatica, Dr. Hamel will perform a thorough evaluation of your spine, pelvis, and legs to identify any misalignments or areas of nerve compression. He will also do a thermal scan of the lower back and pelvis looking at severity of inflammation, Dr. Hamel will perform muscle tests of all of the muscles around the low back, pelvis and hips to see if muscle weakness or tension is contributing. Dr. Hamel’s chiropractic treatment incudes spinal adjustments, deep tissue mobilization, stretching and corrective exercises, and lifestyle recommendations tailored to your specific needs and goals. 

FAQ: Once my Sciatica is gone, do I still have to come in for chiropractic treatments?

Answer: Once a patient’s Sciatica pain is fixed, it is recommended that they come back for monthly chiropractic visits to help maintain their improvements.  Over the course of a month it is very easy for a patient to come out of alignment, in order to prevent Sciatica from returning, getting regular chiropractic adjustments is highly recommended. 

FAQ: Are there exercises or stretches I can do at home to complement chiropractic treatment for sciatica given by Dr. Hamel?

Answer: Yes, your chiropractor may recommend specific exercises and stretches designed to strengthen the muscles supporting your spine, improve flexibility, and alleviate sciatica symptoms. Dr. Hamel recommends specific exercises and stretches for Sciatica which are core stabilization, pelvic flexibility, hip strengthening, and hip and leg stretching. 

FAQ: Will my insurance cover chiropractic treatment for sciatica?

Answer: Dr. Hamel’s office does accept medical insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna and also for car accident patients PIP, (personal injury protection), insurance.  His office accepts all BCBS and Aetna, PPO, POS, HMO plans, either Texas or out of state plans.  For whiplash injury patients Dr. Hamel accepts PIP insurance from USAA, Geico, Farmers, Travelers, Nationwide, Allstate, State Farm, Progressive and more.  PIP limits for medical care are broken into 4 levels: $2500, $5000, $7500 or $10000.  Each person in the vehicle involved in the accident has one of these limits for all of their medical care.  When it comes to insurance, Dr. Hamel and his staff file everything electronically for you so all that you are responsible for is your deductible, a co-pay or sometimes insurance covers the entire treatment and nothing is owed. Our front desk staff will do a free benefits check for you to see what chiropractic services are covered. 


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