Condition of the Month: Sciatica

What is sciatica?


 Sciatica is an umbrella term often used to describe pain along the lower back, in the buttocks or into the leg which occurs in up to 40% of the population. The type of pain can be variable; including sharp, dull, aching, throbbing, tingling, numbness or burning pain. The sciatic nerve originates from the lower lumbar and upper sacral spinal nerve roots, which combine to become the largest nerve, by diameter, in the body. It is common for this large nerve to become compressed or irritated, especially as it exits the spinal column or as it runs through the gluteal musculature.

 What are some common causes of Sciatica?

·      Joint restrictions in the spine

·      Tight, weak and/or irritated low back and gluteal musculature

·      Repetitive or overuse injuries to the lower back or hips

·      New or old traumatic injuries

·      Piriformis syndrome

·      Pregnancy

·      Degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or disc herniations


What are the best treatments?

 The following techniques are often used to help address sciatic pain, as they help restore motion to the spine, reduce inflammation and increase strength:

·      Chiropractic manipulation

·      Soft tissue manual therapy

·      Acupuncture

·      Therapeutic exercises and stretches

·      Nutrition


The combination of conservative techniques can be very successful in reducing sciatica symptoms and preventing future injuries from reoccurring.

If you or someone you know is suffering from sciatica, we can help! 

Call Inner Gate Acupuncture today at 971-279-2294 or 503-284-6996 to get scheduled.

Common Conditions Treated by our Chiropractor

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Chiropractic medicine is used to treat many conditions. Our chiropractor, Dr. Jerrod Puckett, has advanced training to work with athletes for sports medicine related injuries. Here are three of the most common complaints that we see in our Portland chiropractic clinic.

Low Back Pain:

Low back pain is probably the most common complaint in the chiropractic clinic. Low back pain can be caused by muscle tension, joint dysfunction, herniated discs or any number of other issues. Our great chiropractic care can carefully differentiate the cause of your pain and treat in the most effective way for best results.


Headaches vary from mild tension headaches to debilitating migraines. All of these types of headaches can have a significant impact on our quality of life, making work and family life difficult. Our Portland chiropractor can help relieve the pain by carefully restoring proper alignment to the neck and spine. With a gentle adjustment and proper maintenance your headaches may become a thing of the past.

Shoulder Pain:

Shoulder pain is another common complaint that we see here in Portland. While acupuncture can often address many of the muscle and tendon issues of the shoulder it’s important to remember that shoulder pain can be referred pain from spinal misalignments or actual misalignment of the shoulder. Our Portland chiropractor will help you relieve both the pain and any range of motion issues that are present.

Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions!

Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294

Chiropractic Care Now Available!

Jerrod Puckett DC

Jerrod Puckett DC

Inner Gate Acupuncture is excited to announce we have expanded our services with the addition of Dr. Jerrod Puckett. Acupuncture and chiropractic together are a great way to increase benefits to patients, reduce pain and speed injury recovery.

A native Oregonian, Dr. Puckett graduated from Portland State University and then went on to receive his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree along with a Master of Science in Sports Medicine from the University of Western States.  

How He Treats

Dr. Puckett has experience treating all types of injuries. He carefully tailors his treatments to each patient’s injuries and needs. His passion is promoting wellness through injury prevention, health maintenance, and patient education.  He also dedicates himself to finding chiropractic solutions to target your unique needs.

What He Treats

  • Automobile Accidents

  • Sports Injuries

  • Workplace Injuries

  • Repetitive Motion Injuries

  • Poor Posture

  • Herniated Discs

  • Sciatica

Techniques Used

  • Chiropractic manipulation

  • Manual therapy

  • Kinesio taping

  • Therapeutic exercises

Dr. Puckett is an avid long distance runner. When not in the clinic, Dr. Puckett enjoys his time running the trails of Portland, exploring the Pacific Northwest, reading and spending time with his family and dog.

Call Today To Schedule Your Appointment
Jerrod is Available at Inner Gate's
NE Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294

Back Pain, Disc Health, and Dehydration

How does dehydration affect low back pain?


The discs in your spine are fibrous bundles with soft liquid centers. The discs are nearly 75% water. The outer ring is more fibrous and tough while the inner ring, also known as the nucleus pulposus, is mostly water. During a normal day, due to pressure, water is slowly released from the spinal discs.  By the end of the day you may be up to a half an inch shorter than when you woke up in the morning. During the night, while the pressure on the discs is low, your spinal discs will rehydrate and expand. 

Your discs attempt to stay hydrated during the day. However, the pressure of your body, lack of movement and poor water intake all limit their ability to maintain hydration.  In order to support your discs in their effort to stay hydrated it’s important to maintain good water intake throughout the day. 

When you’re dehydrated your discs are unable to maintain properly hydration. Without hydration they shrink and cannot support and protect your spine. The soft pulp in the center of the discs absorb the downward pressure of your body and the impacts of everyday movement. When they are shrunken more stress is put on the bones of the spine which causes swelling, pain, and contribute to bulgingdiscs.

8   signs of dehydration:

·     Thirst
·     Dark Urine
·     Bad Breath
·     Fatigue
·     Muscle Cramps
·     Blurry Vision/Dry Eyes
·     Dizziness
·     Headaches

Basic Hydration Goals

·    A daily goal of ½ ounce per pound of body weight is generally accepted as a good baseline for hydration. 

·    A 200-pound person should consume 100 ounces of water per day to stay hydrated. 

·    If you increase exercise and other activities this number may need to be adjusted upwards!