Ryan Key, DC
Chiropractor located in Murfreesboro, TN
At Key Chiropractic, Dr. Ryan Key provides chiropractic care and other types of treatment for residents of Murfreesboro, TN and surrounding areas to ease symptoms of sciatica and lower the risk of having it occur again.
What Is Sciatica?
Sciatica is pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve that runs down the lower back, buttocks, and leg becomes compressed. This pain can develop from several different causes, including injuries and spinal conditions. Sciatica usually improves with nonsurgical treatment methods, although it can take a few weeks or more for it to completely subside.
What Are the Symptoms of Sciatica?
Sciatica symptoms typically include pain that develops along the sciatic nerve, which can range from the lower back down to the calf on the affected side. Some individuals experience mild soreness, while others have sudden and severe pain that comes and goes. This pain can grow worse when moving certain ways or after sitting for a long period of time. Other symptoms include tingling or numbness in the affected side, pain in certain areas rather than down the entire length of the sciatic nerve, and muscle weakness.
What Causes It?
Herniated discs, bone spurs, and other spinal problems can lead to compression in the sciatic nerve, resulting in sciatica. Nerve damage and tumors in the affected area can also lead to sciatic nerve compression, although this happens less often. Factors that can increase the risk of having sciatica include a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, jobs that involve frequent or heavy lifting, and obesity.
How Is It Treated?
Sciatica treatment typically involves self-care, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, cold packs, and stretches. If this type of treatment is not effective, other options include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, steroid injections, and surgery. Physical therapy helps improve range-of-motion and make the muscles in the affected area stronger, which reduces the risk of having sciatica come back.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help Sciatica?
Spinal manipulation involves bringing the spine into proper alignment, which helps ease symptoms of sciatica. Restoring alignment in the spine also helps lower the risk of having sciatica flare up again. This is a safe and effective chiropractic treatment that can help those with sciatica find relief.
We accept most health insurance plans. Affordable self-pay options are available too. Please do not hesitate to call our staff with any insurance questions. We can verify benefits for you over the phone and schedule you when you're ready.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Key takes the time to listen to me and the issues that I am having. He doesn't have a cookie cutter routine and send you out the door."
"Dr Key is great and explaining what's going on with your ailment or ache. He shows which exercises to do & not do following treatment, which I really appreciate."
"I first started seeing Dr. Key three times a week, which soon turned into me only needing to see him twice a month. He's great."
"I've had a number of chiropractors over the years and some have been very good, but Dr. Key has been the best thus far overall."
"I have been a patient of Dr. Ryan Key's for 2 yrs. & counting... I highly recommend his chiropractic services."
"Dr. Key made me feel very comfortable since the first visit. I don't know why it took me so long to seek the help of a chiropractor and I am very happy I chose Dr. Key."
"He is not a high traffic 'mill' that is just wanting to get as many people in...He will listen to your complaints and systematically address each one."
"... I've also been trusting Dr Key with my back and neck issues for over two years as well. Efficient, effective, and trustworthy."
"My dad and child go to Dr Key. They love the treatment and feel better afterward."
"What a great doctor! He has an easy going demeanor & you feel comfortable talking to him"
"He knows exactly what he’s doing and makes you feel welcome and extremely comfortable."
"Dr Key is Simply the Best Chiropractor there is!"
"I’m excited for my next few visits and be able to live a full life again."