Sciatica is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself—it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition. Common lower back problems that can cause sciatica symptoms include:

  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Spondylolisthesis Spinal stenosis

What is sciatica? Why is it so painful?

The sciatic nerve comes from nerves called the sacral plexus. These nerves travel to the sacrum and lumbar regions of the body. The sciatic nerve is actually a bundle of two nerves:

  • Tibial nerve
  • Peroneal nerve

Since the sciatic nerve is the largest and thickest nerve of the human body, it’s no wonder that this structure could be easily impinged.

Common Cause

The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the entire body.


Sciatica is diagnosed with a physical exam and medical history, x-rays and MRIs. At your initial appointment, Dr. Baker will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and perform orthopedic and neurological tests.

Managing Sciatica

The secret to managing sciatica and back pain related to a herniated disc, is relieving pressure on the nerve. Flexion Distraction Technique is an excellent option for treating disc related issues that takes pressure off the nerve by gently treating the disc.

Flexion Distraction Treatment

This leading form of non-surgical disc injury management, federally funded and researched based is Flexion Distraction which is the table and technique Dr. Baker uses.

Flexion Distraction is an advanced, traction based therapy commonly used to manage the symptoms of disc injury, and various other low back complaints with great success. It is a very effective, safe, gentle, non-force, and non-surgical procedure.

Among different chiropractic techniques, Flexion Distraction is superior in managing herniated discs and sciatica.

This technique can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root, and eventually any pain and inflammation into the leg.

Flexion Distraction Therapy is clinically proven to:

  • Reduce pressure inside the spinal disc
  • Widen the spinal canal
  • Reduce pressure on the spinal nerves
  • Return motion to spinal joints

It is a very safe, effective, conservative approach for disc injuries, low back and leg pain symptoms. A definite alternative to explore instead of spinal surgery.

Flexion Distraction Therapy is well researched, and has been proven effective. We have been using this method for many years to manage the symptoms of sciatica and disc herniation and have saved many patients from ongoing pain management, discomfort, temporary disability, and spinal surgery.

Balanced Body Acupuncture & Chiropractic in Omaha, NE

It’s important to seek care from a musculoskeletal expert who can properly assess and diagnose the injury. Give us a call and let us take care of you.

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