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How well does spinal manipulation work for sciatica?

I can't take my sciatica pain any more. I heard that spinal manipulation may actually help it, while researching online, but I'm not really sure. Is it an effective treatment?

21 Answers

Very well.
It is the best treatment of choice. Causatiion? Sciatica? It is a Basic Pelvic Distortion pattern, Lumbar Motor Unit Dysfunction, scientifically detected by a trained bio-mechanical specialist, the Chiropractic Physician.
Osteopathic Manipulation, which includes spinal manipulation, can be effective for treating sciatica. Often, treatment of the pelvis and sacrum is the most important component for treating sciatic pain, however the lumbar spine can play an important role as well.
Works well
It’s a great treatment. Doesn’t take much pressure to irritate a nerve like the weight of a dime to have pains shooting down your leg. So, keeping it simple simply do adjustment to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
Spinal manipulation is just one of the many therapies chiropractors can offer. Spinal manipulation works best when used in conjunction with an exercise program and possibly traction or disc decompression. Research shows that the combination of manipulation and exercise therapy provided superior results than either used alone.
Spinal manipulation is excellent for sciatica. It is usually used with physical therapy for better results.
Short answer, yes. Many times, pain that comes from the back or the hip that goes down the leg is not actually sciatica, it can be piriformis syndrome, or it can be a lumbar radiculopathy. It's super important to have it diagnosed properly so that you're treating the right problem. Otherwise, you can waste lots of time and money trying to use an option that won't work, that allows the problem to get worse over time instead of better. While being masked biting adequate solutions like muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medications. That is one of the things that most chiropractors deal with day in and day out.
Yes, indeed. Spinal manipulation can help sciatica because manipulation can improve the alignment and mobility of the pelvis, hips, and lower back. When these structures are not in balance, the sciatic nerve can be irritated due to muscle imbalances and tightening.
Spinal manipulation is excellent for sciatica which can stem from multiple causes such as disc injury, muscle imbalance, subluxation of the spine or pelvis, sacroiliac joint misalignments, trigger points, leg length discrepancies, nutritional deficiencies, foot or ankle issues or side effect of a medication. Your chiropractor should know how to assess and correct theses conditions.

You have come to the right place. Chiropractic is excellent for helping sciatic problems. There are many causes of sciatica. It happens when the sciatic nerve, which is about as big as your thumb and goes from the buttocks to the foot, is irritated or compressed. Misalignment of the spine, pelvis, or hips can be the cause, and Chiropractic is the solution by re-aligning the spine and pelvis, and relieving the pressure or irritation. Exercise or pain meds do not fix the problem. See your local Chiropractor as soon as possible.
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Dr. Steven Moon, Concord Chiropractic

Spinal adjustment does work for sciatica pain
Spinal manipulation works very well for sciatica. I'd also look into some type of muscle work to go along with the manipulation. Usually there is a muscular component to the injury, and if the docto doesn't take care of the muscular component, then the pain will stick around. Yoga and stretching and icing work very well to relieve the pain.
Spinal manipulation works wonders for sciatica. When properly manipulated, or adjusted a chiropractor can remove pressure on the sciatica nerve that will help decrease inflammation, and help relieve shooting pains.

Ian Fliss DC
This really depends on what is causing the sciatica. A chiropractor will be able to identify the correct cause and recommend appropriate treatment. I would recommend consulting a Chiropractor, Doctor of Physical Therapy, or Osteopath for an examination.
There are various forms of spinal adjustments chiropractors perform that help most sciatica patients. The initial exam would determine which type would be most beneficial.

Dr. David Tucker, DC-Chiropractor & Wellness Consultant
402 Middletown Blvd. Ste. 210
Langhorne, PA 19047
Yes it is a great method to reduce sciatica if the sciatica is from the spine or pelvic region. The key is to find out where the sciatic nerve is pinched. It could be at the spine, the SI joint, or piriformis muscle in the buttocks. A solid orthopedic exam can narrow it down.

Vishal K. Verma DC CCSP
If the sciatic pain is caused by spinal nerve root irritation from a misaligned vertebra then the proper realignment of the Vertebra will bring relief. If the misalignment (subluxation) is the cause of pain then yes, spinal adjustment (manipulation) will be an effective treatment.
Chiropractic works great for sciatica. Dr. Leonard has also invented a really effective exercising chair that stretches out all the leg muscles that surround the sciatic nerve. The Willflex chair really works.
There was just brand new research released that recommended chiropractic adjustments as a front-line treatment option for those experiencing sciatica. It would be more than worth it to consult with a doctor of chiropractic that can obtain an X-ray of the lower back region and get to the underlying problem! The doctor will locate any and all segments of the spine that are irritating the sciatic nerve and then begin to make the appropriate adjustments that will take pressure off of the nerves that go down the leg.

Best of luck!

Spinal manipulation and stretching can be a very effective treatment for sciatica. First, the physician must find the actual cause of the sciatica. Sciatica is caused by pressure somewhere along the path of the sciatic nerve, which starts at the spinal nerve roots and traverses throughout the buttocks to the legs and to the feet. The nerve may be pinched by the vertebrae, the disc, inflammation around those structures or any tight muscle along the nerve path, especially the gluteus or the piriformis muscles. Manipulation to the lower lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints along with stretching of the affected muscles can provide great relief.
I hope you find this info helpful.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Eric Miller