Sciatic pain can cause a lot of grief, making it difficult to concentrate and perform everyday movements. Michael A. Dorn Jr., DC, promotes a natural, drug-free approach to relieving sciatica pain with spinal adjustments and other chiropractic care. If you’re looking for a chiropractor in the Baltimore area, schedule an appointment at the Baltimore Back & Pain Center online or by phone.
Sciatica is a form of back pain that originates in the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a long nerve that runs from your lower back and down your legs to your feet, so sciatica pain often affects your legs and feet too.
Other markers of sciatica include:
In many cases, a herniated disc in the lower back presses on the sciatic nerve, causing anywhere from a mild ache to severe pain in the back. The compression on the sciatic nerve is usually caused by one of the following:
First, Dr. Dorn performs X-rays and a physical exam to diagnose the underlying cause of your sciatica; then he can determine the best treatment for you. He starts with a conservative, medication-free treatment approach for sciatica. Many patients find relief from a series of spinal adjustments that help realign the vertebrae.
For some, Dr. Dorn might incorporate trigger point therapy and instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy to loosen tight muscles. If muscle weaknesses or imbalances are contributing to your back pain, Dr. Dorn may recommend in-house physical therapy.
Dr. Dorn may suggest the following strategies to help relieve your pain and strengthen your back at home:
If sciatica pain is bothering you and it’s not going away on its own, call or use the online scheduler to book your first session at the Baltimore Back & Pain Center right away.