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Can Chiropractic Care Relieve Sciatica?


Lower back pain which radiates into the leg or lower extremity is common condition seen in a chiropractic setting.  Differential Diagnosis of the condition is an important component of the treatment plan and outcomes for these patients.  Many patients experience sciatica from dysfunction of the sacroiliac joints and tightness of the piriformis muscle while other patients are diagnosed with a herniated lumbar disc that impinges on a nerve root.  Both of the conditions cause pain radiating into the leg and chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment. 

A recent study in the Journal of Manipulative Therapeutics revealed that sixty percent of patients with sciatica who had failed other medical management benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention. Of 40% left unsatisfied, subsequent surgical intervention confers excellent outcome. Patients with symptomatic LDH failing medical management should consider spinal manipulation followed by surgery if warranted* 

If you have experienced lower back pain which radiates into the leg or foot call Northwest Wellness in Federal Way at 2539270660 for a consultation to determine if chiropractic care is right for you.  For more information visit our website at

* Manipulation or Microdiskectomy for Sciatica? A Prospective Randomized Clinical Study. Gordon McMorland DC, Esther Suter PhD, Steve Casha MD PhD FRSCS Stephan J du Plessis MD, Johnd Hurlbert DC JMPT DOI: McMorland