Sciatica Specialist

Baltimore Back and Pain Center -  - Chiropractor

Baltimore Back and Pain Center

Chiropractors & Chiropractic and Rehabilitative Care Centers located in Baltimore, MD

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 Q & A

What is sciatica?

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:

What causes sciatica?

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:

  • Herniated disc
  • Bone spur
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Nerve damage from diabetes
  • Tumor

How do you treat sciatica?

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.

What can I do at home to relieve my sciatica pain?

Dr. Dorn may suggest the following strategies to help relieve your pain and strengthen your back at home:

  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Alternating hot and cold packs
  • Targeted back stretches and strengtheners
  • Staying in motion

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.