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ankle and leg painSciatica refers to pain that starts in the low back and extends down one or both legs. It usually gets worse with periods of sitting or standing. This type of nerve pain often affects pregnant women, those with diabetes, and people who are obese.

Dr. Eriksen is well versed in the many causes of sciatica, which is often the result of cumulative damage. Years of poor posture and being overweight can contribute to sciatica. Something as simple as bending over to tie your shoes can trigger an episode. Spinal deterioration is another culprit.


Typical Symptoms

  • Hip pain
  • A tingling or burning feeling down the leg
  • Weakness, numbness, or a difficult time moving the leg or foot
  • Continual pain that affects one side of the buttocks
  • A shooting pain that makes it uncomfortable to stand up

Our Natural Approach

If your sciatic pain is coming from a pinched nerve in the lower back related to alignment or arthritic changes, we can provide effective relief. Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve pain usually in one leg or the other. If Dr. Eriksen thinks you can benefit from our care, he will let you know. If he believes another healthcare practitioner can better address your sciatica, he’ll let you know that too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can chiropractic cure sciatica?

Chiropractic doesn’t cure anything! Only your body can do that. The purpose of chiropractic is to help your spine work as it should, reducing nerve irritation and restoring your body’s healing ability.

How much chiropractic care will be needed?

Most patients see some improvement after six visits, but naturally, this varies from person to person.

How can I prevent sciatica?

The best way to prevent sciatica is to maintain a healthy weight and practice good posture. It is also important to perform regular stretching and strengthening exercises that focus on the lower back, hips, and core muscles. Practicing proper body mechanics when lifting heavy objects can help reduce the risk of sciatic nerve irritation.

Also, be sure to get plenty of rest and take frequent breaks from sitting for long periods. If you feel pain or discomfort in your back or legs, it is important to discuss this with your doctor, so they can address the issue before it develops into something more serious.

Book an Appointment

If you’re wondering if chiropractic care can help address your nerve pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment!


Sciatica Elizabethtown, Hodgenville KY | (270) 735-9090