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Sciatica

If you’re experiencing pain that radiates from the back into the buttocks, groin or down into your legs, you may have a condition called sciatica.

Sciatica is a condition that causes pain along the distribution of the sciatic nerve.  The degree of pressure on the sciatic nerve usually dictates how far down the leg the pain is felt.

Sciatica can make activities of daily living difficult and lead to weakness, tingling, and numbness in the leg and foot. If left unchecked, sciatic pain can grow worse, and the nerve can become permanently injured.

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The pain from sciatica  is a symptom, not the cause.  Sciatica results in pain along the distribution of the sciatic nerve. It’s caused by a variety of spinal or extra-spinal problems. Common spinal sources of sciatic nerve compression include bulging or ruptured discs, thinned discs and stenosis.

The nerve can also become compressed or entrapped exterior to the spine as it courses down the buttock and into the leg.  A common source of compression is one of the deeper buttock muscles known as the piriformis. There are simple orthopedic tests we can perform during the examination to quickly differentiate between an entrapment syndrome (like from a piriformis muscle) versus a spinal cause.


Sciatica Treatment

The medical treatment for sciatica typically include drugs, therapy, and occasionally surgery – but these approaches only address the symptoms, not the cause of the problem.

Whether your sciatic pain is located in your back and buttock, one leg or both, naturally reducing pressure  on a nerve is what chiropractors do.

At Deutsch Chiropractic, we use proven methods including McKenzie protocols and Flexion Distraction and Decompression to get to the root of the problem

Discover How Chiropractic Can Help You

Early in her career, Dr. Kathleen trained and conducted research with perhaps the most well-known chiropractic doctor and researcher in the world dealing with disc problems and sciatica, Dr. James Cox. We continue to uses his flexion-distraction and decompression methods to successfully treat many cases of sciatica.

Both Dr. Fred and Dr. Kathleen are highly trained to diagnose and treat sciatica. If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, call our team at Deutsch Chiropractic Clinic today.

References For Sciatica

  • Cox JM, Feller JA: Chiropractic treatment of low back pain: a multicenter descriptive analysis of presentation and outcome of 424 consecutive cases. J of  Neuromusculoskeletal System;1994:2(4)
  • Cox, JM. Low Back Pain: Mechanism, Diagnosis, Treatment. 6th edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 1999