Sciatica FAQ

Sciatica Questions and Answers with Circle Chiropractic Center in Fairfax

At Circle Chiropractic Center in Fairfax VA, our health team and chiropractor, Dr. Frey, use all the tools in our box to eliminate your sciatica pain. One of the best ways we can help Fairfax residents overcome sciatica, is through an understanding of what this condition is, why you are feeling pain and the ways in which chiropractic care helps.  Our office welcomes clients of all ages, so if you are feeling the pain of sciatica, please contact us.


Sciatica means what?

Sciatica is a term that describes symptoms you feel when your sciatic nerve is compromised. The sciatic nerve leaves the lower portion of the spine and transmits energy signals from your brain and spine to your lower extremities. If this nerve encounters interference, you feel pain, discomfort and limited mobility.

Why would the sciatic nerve be compromised?

You have sciatica because the nerve is feeling pressure from somewhere. This pressure may be the result of a decreasing in the area between the vertebrae through disc degeneration or a herniated disc that has leaked out into the nerve's space. Another way the nerve is compromised is a shift in the vertebrae that is the result of an accident, injury, poor posture or spinal condition such as scoliosis or spondylolisthesis. 

What types of pain will I feel with sciatica?

The pain can vary, but most patients feel lower back pain, hip pain and pain that flows into one or both legs. You may also feel leg numbness or tingling or experience a weakening in the muscles. Others also feel a reduction in movement and more pain after moving.

What can be done to improve sciatica in Fairfax?

Chiropractic care provides a natural healing option for sciatica. Dr. Frey evaluates your condition to determine the cause of your pain. We want to remove the source instead of covering up the symptoms of sciatica. Once identified, our Fairfax VA chiropractor develops a personalized healing program to fit your needs. This may include:

  • spinal decompression to take pressure of the nerve and open up the space between the vertebrae in your lower back.

  • chiropractic manipulations to reposition the vertebrae to remove the nerve compression. Manipulations also position the vertebrae so discs are readily absorbed and return to their natural space.

  • cold laser therapy to reduce inflammation in your lower back and stimulate healing.

  • acupuncture to free the energy flowing into and out of your spine and create and open space for your sciatic nerve.

  • massage therapy to reduce muscle tension and decrease your pain.

  • lifestyle guidance that includes at-home exercises, work-station adjustments and improved sleeping, sitting and standing postures.

How Our Fairfax Chiropractor Can Help

You begin to feel relief almost immediately as our Fairfax chiropractor reduces the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Lasting results require a series of treatments as we work toward restoring your body. Chiropractic is an effective alternative treatment for sciatica and we hope you will call us at 703-385-2990 to schedule your appointment today.


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