Lower Back And Sciatic Leg Pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief

Recently, I had a patient named Kelsey, who came to me with lower back pain and sciatic nerve pain radiating into both legs. Since I have been in chiropractic practice for 37 years I was interested to see if I could help her. This article will describe the condition called sciatica and what can be done to bring sciatic nerve pain relief.

Many people suffer from lower back pain. Back discomfort, in itself, can be very uncomfortable. Sometimes, in addition to pain in the back, an additional insult occurs when pain starts radiating from the back down the leg. At its worse, it is one of the most painfully excruciating conditions one can experience.

Let’s delve into exactly what sciatica entails. We all know that nerves exit openings between the spinal bones. In the lowest part of the spine there are five nerves on each side which combine, in the area of the buttocks, into one large nerve. This is called the sciatic nerve. It is about the size of a finger and is the largest nerve in the body. It gives branches to other areas as it descends down the leg.

There are also intravertebral discs which are located between spinal bones. Problems occur when a disc bulges, protrudes or herniates backward and impinges on the sciatic nerve. This can also be called a “pinched nerve.”

When the sciatic nerve is pinched and becomes a painful condition we call it sciatic nerve pain, sciatic leg pain or just, sciatica.

Sciatica generally occurs in only one leg or the other. It’s more uncommon to see it in both legs.

As a chiropractor, I have seen many cases of patients suffering from sciatic nerve pain. To diagnose this condition, I first talk with them about the condition: where the pain is located, what caused the onset of the pain and when is it better or worse. Next, I’ll perform what are called orthopedic tests to confirm sciatica. Neurologic tests can help determine the severity of the condition. Imaging such as x-rays and MRIs may be of additional help.

To treat sciatica and bring pain relief, we employ a variety of therapies. Traction is especially helpful to reduce the disc bulge. Gentle, safe chiropractic spinal adjustments help to realign vertebrae and restore motion to joints that may be locked and not moving properly.  Cold packs and electrical muscle stimulation can help to reduce inflammation and relax muscles in spasm. Exercises and lifestyle changes and modifications are important to follow.

While my patient Kelsey’s condition was slightly unusual because it was affecting both legs, I’m happy to report her treatment brought about complete pain relief of her lower back and sciatic nerve pain discomfort.

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Lower Back Pain Relief For Expecting Mothers

Back Pain Relief During Pregnancy

In my 37 years of chiropractic practice, I’ve heard a lot of interesting comments. Recently, my patient, Laura, who was seven months pregnant said: “I wish I had known how good chiropractic care makes me feel when I was pregnant with my first three kids.”

Let me give an explanation about that statement. Laura started coming to my office for periodic chiropractic treatment a couple months after she found out she was pregnant with her fourth child. She had been talking with a friend of hers and lamenting that, although she was happy that she was going to have another child, she dreaded the discomfort that she felt she was destined to experience. She had difficult labors with her earlier pregnancies. Her lower back had been extremely sore and her births were long and difficult. Although she had three children, the second two had been twins and that pregnancy and delivery was especially tough on her.

Fortunately, her friend had been a patient of mine and received chiropractic care through the duration of her two pregnancies and experienced very little back discomfort and had exceptionally easy, natural deliveries. This patient told Laura how well things had gone with her chiropractic care and it prompted Laura to call my office for an evaluation and to receive treatment.

To some it might come as a surprise that chiropractors treat women who are pregnant. However, chiropractors have been of help to expecting mothers for over 100 years. When one thinks about it, it makes perfect sense.

Let’s look at some basic human anatomy. Our pelvis is made of three separate bones. The two outer wing bones are called the iliac bones. The central tail bone is called the sacrum. The joints between the sacrum and the two bones are called the sacroiliac joints (SI joints). The sacroiliac joints are gliding joints. When we walk the SI joints glide slightly back-and-forth.

When a woman is pregnant most of the weight bearing of the growing child is borne by the bones of the pelvis. As she carries more and more weight, it normally should not be a problem. However, if the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis are misaligned, locked up and not moving properly it creates discomfort of the lower back.

Chiropractic care for pregnant women simply aims to keep the pelvis and its joints in good alignment and moving freely without restraint.

That’s what Laura was experiencing with chiropractic care of her pregnancy and what she did not experience with her previous pregnancies.

Some chiropractors have had extra training in the treatment of pregnant women. There is a method called the Webster Technique that chiropractors can utilize that is especially helpful when treating expecting mothers. The Webster Technique is even recommended by many obstetricians whose pregnant patients are experiencing back problems.

I fully expect Laura’s last two months of pregnancy to be very comfortable and my experience tells me that her natural delivery will be relatively easy and quick.

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Chronic Lower Back Pain Can Affect Your Feet, Knees And Hips

Back and Leg Pain Relief

Many people suffer with chronic lower back pain. A significant number will also have problems with the lower extremity joints of the feet, knees and hips. Fortunately, there is a safe, gentle form of treatment to help bring pain relief of back and leg pain. This article will discuss back pain and its association with problems of the joints of the leg.

Discomfort of the back affects many people. A significant amount those with back maladies will develop chronic pain. This type of pain can be intermittent or constant. When symptomatic, back discomfort may cause a person to limp and walk with an impaired gait.

If a person walks with a limp and an impaired gait, they are putting extra stress on the hip joints, the joints of the knees and the many joints of the feet. When this excess stress occurs for many months and years it causes pain and arthritis to develop in the joints of the lower extremities.

When a person experiences back discomfort, and painful arthritic problems of the joints of the leg they tend to become less mobile and more sedentary. This leads to inability of activity, a tendency to become deconditioned and out of shape and the loss of normal function of one’s daily activities.

In my 37 years of chiropractic practice, I have seen this often. Patients will develop chronic pain of the low back, which in turn causes them to limp, which then places abnormal stress on their hips, knees and feet, leading to arthritic lower extremity joints, which further exacerbates the problem. These patients tend to move about less than less, experience weight gain and lose their overall health.

However, this scenario does not have to occur, or if it does, steps can be taken to improve the situation.

Chiropractic care has been utilized for more than 100 years to help people with back pain relief. If a back discomfort episode is a new and acute it can be addressed by chiropractic care and resolved. This is the ideal treatment and can help minor back problems from becoming long-term, chronic paint of the back.

If however, back pain has existed for an extended period of time and become chronic, it can also be addressed with chiropractic care. Studies show that although not all chronic back discomfort problems can be completely alleviated, most can be improved. This improvement may be enough to allow a person to walk normally, or as well as possible, thus relieving stress of the lower extremity hip joints, joints of the knee and the feet.

When safe, gentle chiropractic care is utilized to correct or manage discomfort of the back,  give pain relief, improve one’s gate and minimize stress of the joints of lower extremity a person is more likely to be able to move about properly, stay conditioned and healthy and maintain their ability to have a functionally normal life.

Anyone suffering from back problems and lower extremity problems of the hips, knees and feet would do well to consult with a local chiropractor for possible gentle, safe chiropractic relief of pain.

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Abby Lang




I didn’t do much.  I was self-medicating at home, but it did not get rid of the aches.


I found Chiropractic myself, this seemed like the answer for the needed relief from neck tension.


Dr. Schofield relieved a lot of tension and soreness in my neck.  For a long time, it helped to mitigate the migraines.  I had other external factors, but Chiropractic helped.


I like to watch documentaries and videos.  I also do spin cycle classes.


It helped correct postural issues related to screen time.  It relieved arm, neck, shoulder, and back pain to make movement more comfortable.


 It has reduced the pain I feel and has assisted with the migraines.


People can be scared but it is so worth it.  You become more aware of your body.  Even outside of visits, you get tools to help yourself.

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Why Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms May Be Related To Neck Spinal Problems

Chiropractic Care for Concussion Symptoms

In my 37 years of chiropractic practice, I have seen many patients with interesting cases. I recall treating a teenager named Jake, whose parents brought him to my office in the springtime. Jake had been playing fall football while in middle school and suffered a sports related concussion. The injury required him to miss the rest of the football season. Jake had seen excellent neurologists for his concussion and had physical therapy which alleviated 75% of his symptoms. However, when he came to my office, he was still having headaches, concentration difficulties, sleep problems and neck and upper back pain.

It is important to realize that if there is sufficient trauma to cause a brain concussion there more than enough force to cause injury to the upper area of one’s neck. This article will discuss concussion, related symptoms and treatment for persistent post-concussion problems.

Mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as concussion, is caused by a blow to the head or other impulse force to the body transmitted to the head (like whiplash). 1.7 million TBI’s occur per year the United States. 300,000 of these are sports related.

85% suffering from concussion will have symptoms that resolve in 7 to 10 days. However, the remainder may suffer persistent symptoms. If this continues for more than four weeks those affected are considered to have a chronic problem known as post-concussion syndrome.

Symptoms may include headache, dizziness, visual problems like blurriness and double vision, fatigue, concentration difficulty, confusion, sleep problems and even cardiovascular symptoms. Many also suffer from neck and upper back pain.

It is important for anyone having a TBI to see a neurologist who specializes in this condition. Physical therapy may help a great deal if there are balance problems. It is also important that anyone suffering lingering effects of a concussion see a chiropractor for a possible injury of the upper spinal area.

The neck area of the spine is also referred to as of the cervical spine. If there is an injury to the cervical spine that results in misalignment or improper movement of those spinal bones, called vertebrae, the spinal joints and nerves may be adversely affected. If this is the case the same symptoms that one suffers from a mild brain injury can be present. In other words, a problem occurring in the upper cervical spine can mimic the same symptoms that occur when a mild TBI is experienced.

This is what happened to my patient Jake. He had malalignment and improper motion of the vertebrae of his upper cervical spine. This affected the spinal joints and nerves of this area which in turn, caused him to have symptoms noted earlier.

As a chiropractor I have extensive training and experience in evaluating upper cervical spine injuries. The chiropractic profession has safe, effective methods to treat these injuries. The most common form of treatment is to utilize gentle chiropractic adjustments to realign and restore normal movement to problems of the upper cervical spine.

I’m happy to report that with conservative chiropractic care Jake’s remaining problems resolved and he was able to continue playing football the next fall.

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Happy Birthday Chiropractic!

Today is the 126th anniversary of the founding of the chiropractic profession. On September 18, 1895 Daniel David Palmer is credited with giving the first chiropractic adjustment in Davenport Iowa. Dr. Palmer believed that pinched and irritated nerves caused by spinal misalignment’s caused pain and dis-ease.

No other healthcare profession had ever conceived this idea. Dr. Palmer started a very successful chiropractic clinic and later founded the first school for training chiropractors. Since then the chiropractic profession has helped millions of people to get relief of pain.

Happy Birthday and Founders Day from the Pittsburgh North Hills chiropractic office of Dr. James J Schofield!

How Best To Handle Our Spinal Neck And Back Pain Problem

Back & Neck Pain Relief

I began my Monday morning like any other day in my chiropractic practice of 37 years. I had a number of patients scheduled and was looking forward to being of help. As soon as we entered the office the phone rang. It was a new patient, Beth, who was having burning pain in her neck and shoulder blade area which had started over the weekend. Another current patient, Joe, had an appointment scheduled to manage his ongoing, chronic neck and back pain. This article will discuss how natural, safe chiropractic care can be of help to those suffering from acute and chronic neck and back spine pain. It will also introduce current scientific research describing how chiropractic treatment can be of societal benefit and improve outcomes and cost effectiveness of the healthcare system in general.

When I met with Beth I talked with her about her condition, performed a physical evaluation and took x-rays of her neck. We discovered that she had some misalignments and improperly moving spinal vertebrae that was causing her pain. I knew that with chiropractic spinal manipulation she would be at least 50% better in a few days and in a couple weeks, it would be like it never had occurred.

Joe has been a patient of mine for many years. He developed neck and lower back discomfort from a combination of years of hard physical work and being in two significant automobile accidents. Before originally coming to me he had tried a number of treatments including spinal injections and painkiller and muscle relaxer medications, neither of which really helped him. Since Joe has chronic ligament weakness and disc degeneration of his spine, he receives regular, periodic gentle chiropractic care which helps him manage his pain with minimal use of pain medications.

Chiropractic is the third largest healing profession in the United States behind medicine and dentistry. Chiropractor’s main focus is treating spinal neck and lower back discomfort through the use of chiropractic spinal manipulations – – also termed chiropractic adjustments. These procedures are aimed at correcting misalignments and improper movement of the spinal and pelvic joints. Chiropractors do not perform spinal injections or surgery and do not prescribe medications. This makes the chiropractic the largest natural healing profession in the world.

A recent scientific paper in Translational Research, authored by three orthopedic surgeons from Duke University, notes that back and neck pain accounted for $134 billion of US healthcare spending in 2016. This was the highest healthcare spending of any of the 154 medical conditions included in the study. They go on to say that, for decades, conventional medical treatment has been to prescribe medications, including opioids, or perform injections or surgery for spine pain. This approach has had limited effectiveness helping patients with pain and loss of daily activities and has been very expensive.

The scientific literature proposes a different approach of delivery of spinal pain care utilizing first contact, non-pharmaceutical, conservative, natural care from providers like chiropractors, acupuncturist and physical therapists.

In a case of acute spinal pain, like Beth experienced, this would significantly reduce the chance of opioid dependency had she utilized standard treatment from a primary care provider.

With my patient Joe’s chronic spine pain the research study recommends moving towards a model of management as we would with other types of human ailments like high blood pressure and diabetes. His is a condition that cannot be cured but can be managed.

Chiropractors are uniquely suited to fulfill the role of first contact spinal pain providers. When a patient visits a chiropractor a history is taken, a physical evaluation is performed and, if necessary, x-rays can be obtained. The chiropractor then has the education to make a diagnosis and to perform skilled, safe spinal manipulation.

This approach would increase effectiveness of reducing or eliminating patient’s acute or chronic spinal pain. It would also help these individuals with their activities of daily living like sleeping, performing their occupation more effectively, interacting socially with their families and friends and improving overall enjoyment of life. Societal cost of problems with opioid dependency would be reduced. Patients with improved or eliminated spinal pain would certainly be more employable and able to care for their family, which would reduce the expense and strain on our society’s welfare safety net.

It would be prudent to utilize chiropractic healthcare specialists who provide autonomy, expertise and skill to help patients, society and the nation with the plague of spinal back and neck pain.

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