Identifying Sciatica

Sciatica can vary from person to person. Some might experience pain in different areas of the body while others experience a different sensation of pain.


Sciatica occurs when the sciatic nerve is pitched this can be generated from an injury or genetics. It is also common for pregnancy strains to cause sciatica.

Chiropractic Help

Chiropractors are trained in many various ways to help diagnose and treat sciatica. If you believe you are suffering from sciatica, contact one of our skilled chiropractors today to help.

Do You Have Sciatica?

Identifying The problem

Sciatica pain differs from person to person. It typically is a pain that starts in the lower back and shoots down one leg. The amount of pain and intensity can range anywhere from mild to severe. Those who suffer from sciatica often experience radiating pain, burning, numbness or tingling that travels through the hip and down the leg. There may also be excruciating pain while standing or an escalated pain in one leg while sitting. This could be accompanied by constant lower back pain.

What Causes Sciatica?

Understand what is causing you pain

Sciatica happens when the sciatic nerve is being pinched. This compression in the nerve is the cause of all symptoms that occur. A chiropractor can evaluate a patient and determine what is causing the sciatic nerve to be pinched. Whether through genetics or an injury, in some cases disc bulging or herniation can be the underlying cause of sciatica. The strain of pregnancy can often cause sciatica issues, especially in the third trimester. Some spinal disorders could also be the culprit. There is a muscle in the lower spine called the piriformis muscle that the sciatic nerve runs beneath. If this muscle is injured or has arthritis, this can cause the sciatic nerve to be pinched. Another cause is a misaligned vertebra. Whether or not the cause is something that a chiropractor can help with, they have the ability to refer a patient to someone who can.

Methods Used by Chiropractors to Treat Sciatica

Help you relieve pain and get back on your feet

Chiropractors have several different methods that they can try to help a patient with their sciatica problems. Depending on the patient and their specific needs, these methods might help relieve the pain caused by sciatica.

  • Massage by A Massage Therapist
    • Therapeutic massage is more intense than a regular massage. It targets sciatica directly in order to loosen up the tightened muscle that might be causing it to pinch the nerve.
  • Adjustments
    • Chiropractors are known for manipulating the spine back into the correct position. This is done using several different methods. Some of the methods are short thrusts and applied pressure; firm or soft, depending on the situation
  • Ultrasound
    • Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves that can penetrate the soft tissues using gentle heat, which can ease muscle spasms or cramping that might be causing sciatica.

Methods Used by Chiropractors to Treat Sciatica (Continued)

Help you relieve pain and get back on your feet

  • Spinal Decompression
    • Chiropractors use different techniques to lengthen the spine and create more space between the discs. When the discs become compressed it can cause pinching of nerves resulting in sciatica. Creating space again can loosen up that pinched nerve.
  • Chiropractic Exercises
    • A chiropractor can recommend exercises that can be done at home which can relieve or prevent sciatica. These stretching exercises can relieve pressure on the muscle that might be causing sciatica.

Sciatica is a very unpleasant experience for everyone who has dealt with it. There’s no need to cope with the pain when there are treatments available for those who need it. Chiropractors are trained in many various ways to help diagnose and treat sciatica. If, however, it is beyond our skills we will refer you to other skilled professionals that can better assist you with your needs.

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