Accessibility View Close toolbar

3350 North Hayden Road #112

Scottsdale, AZ 85251 US

(480) 994-4411

Open mobile navigation

Sciatica FAQs

                      sciatica treatment

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a medical condition that affects the sciatic nerve, causing pain from the lower back to the legs. It is often a symptom of another underlying medical problem.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

Along with leg pain, this condition might involve sensations of numbness, weakness, and tingling. Some may experience a sharp, searing pain instead of a dull ache. The symptoms of sciatica worsen when sitting or standing; pain can be avoided by lying down or taking a walk.

Where will sciatica manifest itself?

Sciatica can impact one or both legs. The sciatic nerve is the large nerve of the body, running from the lower spine to the back of each leg. The pain often occurs in the lower back and then radiates into the back of the thigh.

What are the causes of sciatica?

Sciatica is often the result of a degenerative spine condition. Degenerative spine conditions lead to an unstable spinal structure over time. Causes include tumors, spine misalignment, herniated discs, bone spurs, pelvic injuries, fractures, neural damage, and abnormalities in the nervous system.

Is sciatica life threatening?

While this condition can be chronic and extremely painful, it is rarely life-threatening. However, anybody who is experiencing sciatica should seek professional help from a chiropractor.  

How can a chiropractor help treat and manage sciatica?

Sciatic pain should be treated by addressing the cause of the pain. A physician should be able to perform some tests on you to determine what is causing sciatica. In the meantime, the pain can be managed through a variety of techniques, including pain medication, physical therapy, rest, ice packs, heat packs, and lifestyle changes that will ease spinal stress. 

What are the treatment options for sciatica?

Treatment will likely depend on the severity of sciatica and what is causing sciatica. Treatment plans range from spinal readjustment to postural correction. Massage therapy and spinal decompression are also options.

Will I need surgery for sciatica?

While most patients are treated with nonsurgical methods, in some situations surgery is needed. In cases where the patient has neurological dysfunctions, spinal stenosis, or bladder dysfunction, surgery may be required. Some severe diseases or conditions require surgery.

How is a sciatica diagnosis made?

During your medical visit, the chiropractor will ask you questions and perform an examination. The doctor may order for image testing to view your spine. Once the doctor is able to identify the cause of your condition, he or she will develop a plan of treatment for you.

Secret Family Chiropractic Can Help, Visit Us Today

Our Scottsdale center is dedicated to bringing the best chiropractic services available. Contact us at 480-462-5583 to schedule an appointment?

New Patients Receive a Complimentary Consultation

Our Specialties

Applied Kinesiology (KST)

Massage Therapy

Kinesiology Taping


Office Hours


7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-7:00 pm


By Appt


7:00 am-7:00 pm


7:00 am-6:00 pm






Find us on the map

Client Testimonial

  • "Dr Secrest really cares about his patients. He resolved a 3 year headaches issue for one of my sons that all the other doctors couldn't and he's been fantastic working with my son with autism."
    Click Here for more Testimonials

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Relationship with Self

    The relationship you have with yourself and the journey to self-understanding is an important part of your overall wellness. ...

    Read More
  • Indoor Activities and Exercises

    Are you preparing for the winter months or looking for exercises to do when you can't make it to the gym? Follow these exercises to maintain a healthy fitness routine. ...

    Read More
  • Holiday Stress - Take a Deep Breath

    Most of us pay little attention, if any, to the daily functioning of our many physiological systems. Our hearts beat, our digestive systems digest, and our various hormones, such as those deriving from the thyroid gland, adrenal gland, and pancreas, do what they do. It's all good... until it's not. ...

    Read More
  • Proper Overindulgence Over the Holidays

    Proper Overindulgence Over The Holidays The term "overindulgence" is probably best assessed as a red flag, especially with respect to consistent overconsumption of high-calorie comfort food and desserts during the holiday season. An overall healthier perspective could be described as "indulgence" regarding ...

    Read More
  • The 5 Senses

    The 5 Senses The five senses, that is, the sense of sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell, provide us with necessary information regarding the world around us.1 These precious capabilities enable us to navigate our environment with seemingly instantaneous feedback with reference to our actions and ...

    Read More
  • The Benefits of Sleep for Adults

    Obtaining sufficient restful sleep is an essential requirement for optimal human productivity. Such a practice is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, which includes a nutritious diet, regular vigorous exercise, and a positive mental attitude. How much sleep one needs varies from person to person. ...

    Read More
  • Back to School and Mental Wellness

    Summer is a subjectively fleeting season and school days are upon us once again. For children, this bittersweet time marks the completion of a period of relative freedom and the beginning of a new set of responsibilities. For adults, the onset of late summer and early fall signals yet another turn of ...

    Read More
  • Repetitive Motion Injuries

    A repetitive motion injury (or overuse injury) involves doing an action over and over again, as with a baseball pitcher throwing a baseball, a tennis player hitting a tennis ball, typing at a computer keyboard, and most notoriously, typing with your thumbs on the tiny keypad of your phone. It may be ...

    Read More
  • Left-Handers Day

    Left-Handers Day Left-Handers Day, celebrated on August 15th, was launched in 1992 by the Left-Handers Club, an organization based in the United Kingdom. Since then, Left-Handers Day has become a worldwide event and social media phenomenon. Around the world, approximately one in ten persons is left-handed. ...

    Read More
  • Peak Experiences

    Peak Experiences The American philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau roamed far and wide over the hills and mountains of his native Massachusetts and neighboring New Hampshire. In his masterwork, "Walden," Thoreau famously stated that we must "reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical ...

    Read More


Sign up for more articles