Sciatica and Chiropractic

Sciatica is a condition causing pain beginning in the lower back and traveling down the buttock, legs and feet, as well as a tingling, numbness, weakness or cramping in the legs and feet. It is the result of an irritation to the largest and longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve. About an inch wide, the sciatic nerve runs from five nerve roots at the base of the spinal cord, traveling through the buttocks and forming a thick nerve bundle. From there its five branches extend down to different parts of the thighs, legs and feet. Sciatica may worsen drastically when attempting knee-to-chest exercises, and may appear to improve when walking, lying down or attempting movements to extend the spine. As sciatica can affect any of the five different nerve roots traveling to different parts of the buttock, legs and feet, symptoms may vary drastically among patients.

In young and middle-aged adults, the most common cause of sciatica is an injury to the intervertebral disc, such as a herniated or bulging disc, or a bone spur. Nerve entrapment can also be a factor: irritation or compression where the nerve roots travel from the spine or where the bundle forms, close to the piriformis muscle.


Dr. Draeger will first go over your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical examination, before making a proper diagnosis. X-ray or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may be necessary to get to the origin of your sciatica. Chiropractic treatment is a proven non-surgical method of healing your sciatica completely and successfully. An effective treatment program will address all the factors contributing to your condition. Decompressing the affected region of the spine requires stretching exercises, as well as a manual adjustment procedure with controlled force, to improve spinal alignment and flexibility. To address poor muscle support, electrical muscle stimulation may be necessary, as well as physical therapy and a regimen of lower back exercises. Realignment of the vertebrae and restoring the spine’s structural integrity allows greater movement in the back while taking pressure off the nerves.


Sciatica is a serious condition causing pain, numbness and weakness in the lower back, legs and feet, immobilizing and disabling people, interfering with their everyday activities and general happiness. Dr. Draeger is an experienced practitioner of the necessary manual adjustment procedures, top-of-the-line technology, medical care and physical therapy to treat sciatica at its source and relieve your symptoms. Dr. Draeger has a proven record of implementing effective treatments successfully healing patients suffering from sciatica, helping them return to their active lifestyles.