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Mission Valley Chiropractor: SCIATICA

San Diego Chiropractor helps patients suffering from sciatic pain (sciatica).

Understanding and Dealing with Sciatica

Generally, Sciatica is the nerve pain that you experience in the back and particularly on your hips and on the exterior part of your leg. The pain is usually brought about by the contraction of spinal nerve root on the lower part of your back due to a declination of the intervertebral disk. Anytime you have some form of pain that is brought about by hypersensitivity or the contractions that take place on the sciatic nerve, you are said to be suffering from Sciatica. Most times you will experience pain, a form of paralysis and some type of itchiness. This feeling will be transmitted from your lower back and downwards trough your buttocks and then it will go to both legs and culminate at your feet.

What Are The Symptoms of Sciatica?

Anytime the sciatic nerve is irritated, you will feel some form of pain. You will also become numb and experience a tingling sensation that will be emitted starting from your lower back and going all the way through your backside and finally ending up on your feet and toes. You might experience moderate pain or severe and you might also progressively get worse through sneezing and coughing as well as sitting for a protracted period. There is the probability that you might or might not also experience a weakness on your muscles on the leg that is in distress. It is also very common for anyone suffering from sciatica to have back pain although most times, this pain will be felt on the backside and the legs more than on the back.

What Causes The Condition?

There are basically three main causes of radiating pain down the legs or sciatica.  The first and most common cause everyone thinks of is a disc bulge.  The disc bulge in the lower back would produce pressure on the nerve roots that make the sciatic nerve.  The second cause are muscle spasms and inflammation in the lower back muscles that could produce pressure in the sciatic nerve roots.  The third cause could be from "Piriformis syndrome", which comes about when the piriformis muscles are tight or spasm, pressing on the sciatic nerve underneath it. 

How Chiropractic Helps Sciatica:

A chiropractor can help you when you suffer from sciatica through chiropractic adjustments and piriformis muscle stretches. Chiropractic adjustments has been shown to help with disc bulges and relax spasmed muscles.(1)

Unlike conventional health care, chiropractic care is a non-drug and non-surgical, safe alternative health care. It is safe even for people that are suffering from other conditions as arthritis, or injury and pregnancy.


Most PPO insurance companies also cover the cost of chiropractic care.  If you have sciatica or any of the above symptoms, visit your Mission Valley chiropractor for evidence-based, quality, safe and effective sciatic relief.


With over 15 years experience, Dr. Kim Khauv is an award winning, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) public health and prevention trained, National Board certified, corrective care chiropractor who has published and presented research nationally and internationally in chiropractic care, wellness, and prevention. He provides safe, effective, and evidence-based chiropractic care to his patients both at his private practice in Mission Valley, San Diego and to active duty military members at Navy Medical Center San Diego. Conditions that have responded well to chiropractic care are headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pain, pregnancy related back pain, sciatica, and auto injuries.  Call 619-862-3195 today to start enjoying life again.


1.  Santilli V, Beghi E, Finucci S. Chiropractic manipulation in the treatment of acute back pain and sciatica with disc protrusion: a randomized double-blind clinical trial of active and simulated spinal manipulations. Spine J. 2006 Mar-Apr;6(2):131-7. Epub 2006 Feb 3. PubMed PMID: 16517383.

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