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Practice Name

McElaney Chiropractic

Primary Location
305 Medical Court
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: 304-267-4041
Fax: 304-267-4010

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 - 1:30pm3 - 5:30pm
TuesdayBy Appt.Closed
Wednesday8:00 - 1:30pm3 - 5:30pm
ThursdayClosedClosed
Friday8:00 - 1:30pm3 - 5:30pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed
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Sciatica and Chiropractic

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Occasionally, sciatic pain in men is caused by sitting on a wallet.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your pelvis, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. The sciatic nerve branches into smaller nerves as it travels down the legs providing feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of the muscles in your lower legs. The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve.

What causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is actually a sign that you have an underlying problem putting pressure on a nerve in your lower back. The most common cause of this nerve compression is a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. Piriformis syndrome is another common cause of sciatica. The piriformis is a muscle that lies directly over the sciatic nerve. If this muscle becomes tight or if you have a spasm in this muscle, it puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve. Occasionally, sciatic pain in men is caused by sitting on a wallet.

How do I know if I have sciatica?

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Sciatica may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. This pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It's likely to be worse when you sit, cough or sneeze.

How is Sciatica Treated?

The vast majority of the time, sciatic pain can be relieved through a combination of stretches, deep tissue massage of the piriformis muscle and chiropractic care. Occasionally, in cases where chronic spasm of the low back or piriformis muscles is causing the sciatic pain, it may be necessary to do a procedure called a trigger point injection, where a medical pain specialist injects a small amount of anesthetic directly into a spasmed muscle to break the spasm cycle. However, this is typically not necessary.

Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.

Testimonial

By far the best Dr. I have seen since my injury over 7 years ago. I wish I had gone to him right away when i first got hurt! If you're back or neck are injured don't waste your time and money on orthopedics, go straight for the real thing!

- Donald K. / Martinsburg, WV

Office Hours

DayMorningAfternoon
Monday8:00 - 1:30pm3 - 5:30pm
TuesdayBy Appt.Closed
Wednesday8:00 - 1:30pm3 - 5:30pm
ThursdayClosedClosed
Friday8:00 - 1:30pm3 - 5:30pm
SaturdayClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosed

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