The chiropractors at Dolan Family Chiropractic in Aurora, IL are specialists at treating all forms of back pain including a very common condition called sciatica.  Sciatica is also known as  radiculitis and is caused by compression or pressure put on the sciatic nerve as it exits the lumbar spine and travels down the leg all the way down to the foot.  Sciatica is characterized by low back, buttock, and leg pain that can travel all the way down to the foot in more serious cases.  The sciatic nerve can be pressured in many places but the most common occurs at the spine and in the buttock.  The most common causes of compression at the spine are disc bulges and herniations, localized muscle spasms, and misalignments in the spine that chiropractors refer to as subluxations.  These minor misalignments in the spine cause the bones in the spine to pinch the nerve as it exits the spinal canal in the lower lumbar region.  This results in low back and leg pain.  The next most common area for compression is in the buttock region as the nerve passes under the piriformis muscle.  This cause of injury is called piriformis syndrome which manifests as a cramping sensation in the buttock and radiating leg pain with little to no low back pain.

Chiropractors use gentle chiropractic adjustments to correct the misalignments in the spine which in turn takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve.  Then using soft tissue therapy and specific stretches, chiropractors relieve tension from tight muscles including the piriformis muscle and erector muscles in the low back, allowing the back to relax.  Sometimes chiropractors also use physical therapy modalities like therapeutic ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation along with hot or cold therapy to reduce localized inflammation and swelling and relieve the pain.  Chiropractic care can quickly relieve the pain associated with sciatica and correct the underlying cause of the problem instead of covering up the symptoms with pain killers or aspirin.

Drs Collin and Alorna Dolan of Dolan Family Chiropractor are consistently rated as two of the best chiropractors in the Aurora and Naperville areas of Illinois at treating sciatica and have years of experience and thousands of satisfied patients from all around the area.  To find out more feel free to read more at