Sciatica is a nerve symptom that is associated with a spinal misalignment, muscle spasm, or disc impingement. Proper orthopedic, neurological, and biomechanical assessments are done to correctly determine the cause of sciatica. Sciatica nerve exits the L3, L4, L5 nerve root and runs down the posterior aspect of the leg.
Medicare covers spinal manipulations/adjustments when there is documented evidence of an injury, restricted range of motion, alterations of the muscle fibers, and positive orthopedic findings. If the patient’s discomfort is not resolved in approximately 30 days, this injury will be considered chronic and not covered by Medicare.
Yes, chiropractic helps with back pain. Recently some states have made it mandatory for patients to be referred to a chiropractor before being prescribed prescription narcotics.