Ventura Family Chiropractic

Adam McKillican, DC

Chiropractic located in Ventura, CA & Santa Paula, CA

Sciatica can range from mild, annoying symptoms to severe discomfort and muscle weakness. Understand the cause of your sciatica and get treatment from Adam McKillican, DC, in Ventura, California. Dr. McKillican practices at Ventura Family Chiropractic and has helped people with sciatica for 20 years. With his expertise, you can heal. Call or schedule a visit online today to get relief.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that causes inflammation of the sciatic nerve in your lower back. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body and travels from your low back down both of your legs to your feet. Common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Back pain
  • Numbness and tingling in the legs and feet
  • Sharp, shooting pain down the back of the legs
  • Muscle weakness in the legs
  • Buttock pain

Generally, sciatica only occurs on one side of your body, though it can cause pain on the backside of both legs.

What causes sciatica?

Sciatica has a number of causes, and Dr. McKillican can determine the cause of your symptoms based on a physical exam. Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Disc herniation
  • Lumbar radiculopathy
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis

While some causes of sciatica resolve easily with a course of chiropractic care, other conditions may cause chronic sciatica symptoms. Dr. McKillican teaches strategies to prevent sciatica from recurring and provides referrals to orthopedic specialists, if necessary.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

Sciatica is diagnosed based on your symptoms and a physical exam. Dr. McKillican asks about the location of your pain, when you feel it, and if your pain worsens with certain activities.

Dr. McKillican then performs an exam of your lower back and legs. He measures your range of motion, flexibility, muscle strength, and nerve sensations. Dr. McKillican then has you go through a series of bending and twisting motions that may or may not aggravate your pain. He’ll also have you lie down and stretch your legs and hips to see if the pain worsens or gets better.

Based on your exam, Dr. McKillican may order X-rays or an MRI, if needed. After reviewing your exam and any imaging, Dr. McKillican diagnoses the cause of your sciatica and recommends a treatment plan to help you.

How is sciatica treated?

Sciatica is treated based on the cause of your symptoms. In some cases, chiropractic adjustments and manual therapy can be beneficial to restore range of motion and take pressure off of your sciatic nerve. In other cases, Dr. McKillican may incorporate specialized stretches and exercises to remove pressure on the nerve and strengthen your back.

Sciatica can be treated effectively at Ventura Family Chiropractic. Call or schedule your visit online now.