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  • April 2017
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Suffering from sciatica? — A common cause and treatment

Sciatica is severe pain in the leg caused from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Chiropractic care can be very successful in removing the cause of sciatica and low back pain.

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body and is made up of individual nerve roots that start by branching out from the spine in the lower back and then combine to form the “sciatic nerve.” Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated or compressed at or near its point of origin. One of the most common causes of sciatica is Vertebral Subluxation Complex (malfunction of tissues caused by impairment of nerve function that results from restriction of normal motion or from abnormal position of spinal segments), which can also be accompanied by a bulging or herniated disc. This can put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they exit the spinal openings. This can cause intense pain shooting down one or both legs.

Treatment can range from pain medication, cortisone injections, muscle relaxers, physical therapy or even surgery. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from the spinal structure and is called a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments can be quite effective in reducing the irritation to the sciatic nerve and its associated pain.

Sciatica, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often respond dramatically to the restoration of the normal spinal function through chiropractic care. If you are dealing with leg pain or back issues, contact our office to relieve your pain the natural way. 

Dr. Bradley P. Donnermeyer

Bradley Donnermeyer, D.C., is a board-certified chiropractor at Nussbaum Chiropractic. He enjoys working with the entire family to have a healthier lifestyle and become pain-free. He is also a certified medical examiner for DOT physicals. Nussbaum Chiropractic, 873 N. Casaloma Drive in Appleton. Call 920-734-2400 to get started on a better path to health!

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