Sciatica

sciaticaPortland chiropractor Dr. Arn Strasser carefully evaluates the cause of leg pain and sciatica and treats the cause of pain with gentle, research-based chiropractic care.

What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica refers to an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, an important nerve that originates in the nerves in the lower lumbar spinal cord and extends into the buttock and down the leg. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body.

What Causes Sciatica?

There are four major causes of sciatica: a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, facet joint conditions and nerve entrapment.

How Does Dr. Strasser Diagnose Sciatica?

Dr. Strasser will use neurological and chiropractic examination, with imaging and x-ray studies as necessary, to diagnose your low back pain. He examines your entire spine as well as alignment and posture to see your low back pain in the context to the whole body.

What If My Sciatica Is Caused By A Bulging, Herniated Or Slipped Disc?

Dr. Strasser is a non-surgical disc specialist. He is trained in cox flexion distraction, a well-researched, gentle,
non-thrusting protocol that successfully treats most low back, sciatica and leg pain caused by injured discs.

How Does Spinal Stenosis Cause Leg Pain?

Spinal stenosis is a chronic narrowing of the bony canal or the spinal column through which the nerve travels. When the mechanics of the spine and pelvis become disturbed, this can cause the nerve in the narrowed canal to become inflammed which can contribute to leg pain.

How Is Spinal Stenosis Treated?

Dr. Strasser has had excellent results treating spinal stenosis with the gentle Cox flexion distraction protocol.

What Is Nerve Entrapment And How Does It Cause Leg Pain?

Mechanical imbalances in the spine and pelvis, disc degeneration without herniation, and spinal joint restrictions (subluxations) can lead to muscular tightness (hypertonicity) that can cause “entrapment” (or trapping) of the sciatic nerve. Specific muscle techniques that address the piriformis muscle are used in chiropractic practice to treat sciatic nerve entrapment. Dr. Strasser utilizes manual and muscle therapies, spinal manipulation, pelvic blocking, and other approaches to correct mechanical imbalances that contribute to entrapment.

Dr. Strasser is always available to answer questions you may have regarding sciatica, leg pain and low back pain and injury.