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Sciatica

Sciatica is a type of nerve pain treated at Sorell-Iversen Chiropractic Clinic in Manhattan, KS. Treatment with chiropractic care helps to reduce the pain and prevent it from becoming chronic. Pain medications and injections are normally used to treat the condition but only offer temporary relief. Our Manhattan chiropractor uses non-surgical spinal manipulation to provide long-term pain relief by targeting the root cause of the condition.

Sciatica

Common Causes of Sciatic Nerve pain

The sciatic nerves run from the lower back down the legs to the toes. Pain is typically linked to compression that irritates one or both of the nerves. It usually affects the left or right side of the lower body, but in rare cases can affect both sides. Common causes of sciatica are:

  • Misaligned spinal joints
  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteophytes (bone spur)
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spondylolisthesis (a vertebra slips forward)
  • Lumbar degenerative disc disease (worn spinal discs)

Less common causes are pregnancy, spinal bone fracture, infection, muscle strain, and spinal tumor.

Typical Sciatica Symptoms

Sciatic patients may experience a sharp, shooting or dull aching pain in the lower back, leg, or buttock. The pain may be moderate or severe, persist or occur occasionally, and can interfere with mobility. It may get worse when sitting, standing, coughing, sneezing, or making sudden movements. Pain, burning, tingling, numbness, or weakness may be felt down one side of the leg, usually at the back of the thigh. These sensations may also occur in the toe.

Diagnosing Pain in the Sciatic Nerve 

To make a diagnosis, our chiropractor will review your symptoms and consider your medical history, work activities, and lifestyle habits. A physical exam is performed along with tests such as x-rays to look for abnormalities that may be causing pain in the sciatic nerve. 

How Our Manhattan Chiropractor Treats Sciatic Nerve Pain 

Chiropractic manipulation also called spinal manipulation is a natural and safe technique used to adjust the spine. High-velocity thrusts or gentle pressure to the spine help to restore the misaligned spinal joints and spinal discs. This also frees the nerve from the pressure causing irritation, inflammation, pain, and other symptoms. To promote whole-body wellness, massage therapies may be performed to stimulate the body's natural pain relievers. Massages also relax muscles and increase blood circulation to the spine.

Book an Appointment with our Manhattan Chiropractor

The chiropractic care we offer at Sorell-Iversen Chiropractic Clinic, in Manhattan, is effective in providing lasting relief for sciatic nerve pain. We provide individualized care to patients in Manhattan, KS, and nearby cities, and also offer nutritional counseling as part of our wellness program. Give us a call at (785) 776-7568 to set up an appointment.