Sciatica Specialist

Makda Chiropractic Health Center

Makda Getachew, DC

Board Certified Chiropractic Physician & Auto Accident Injury Care located in Skyline, Alexandria, VA

Sciatica can be debilitating and significantly reduce your quality of life. If radiating pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness has become routine, you don’t have to live with it. At Makda Chiropractic Health Center in Alexandria, Virginia, Makda Getachew, DC, and her expert chiropractic team use a series of adjustments and manipulation techniques to remove pressure on your sciatic nerve for pain relief. Schedule an appointment with Makda Chiropractic Health Center over the phone, or you can request one online to learn more.

Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a problem with your sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in your body that helps control muscles in your legs. The sciatic nerve is also responsible for sensation in your legs and soles of your feet. The nerve’s pathway extends from your lower back to your hips, butt, and down each leg.

Sciatica commonly occurs when a herniated disc presses on nerve tissue, resulting in debilitating pain on one side of your body.

What are the symptoms of sciatica?

The following signs and symptoms may indicate you have sciatica:

  • Lower back pain
  • Numbness or tingling in your leg or foot
  • Weakness
  • Pain radiating down one leg
  • Pain on one side of your body
  • Discomfort anywhere along the sciatic nerve’s pathway
  • Mild, aching pain
  • Burning or sharp pain
  • A feeling of an electric shock or jolt
  • Pain when coughing or sneezing

Sciatica often results from a herniated spinal disc or bone overgrowth within your vertebrae. It may also occur because of a tumor. Your risk of developing sciatica increases with older age, obesity, carrying heavy loads, diabetes, and sitting for prolonged periods of time.

How is sciatica diagnosed?

To diagnose sciatica, Dr. Getachew reviews your symptoms and medical history. She completes a physical exam to check your reflexes and muscle strength. Makda Chiropractic Health Center specialists may also use imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, or electromyography, which is a test that measures electrical nerve impulses.

What is the treatment for sciatica?

The Makda Chiropractic Health Center team uses various methods to relieve sciatica pain naturally, including:

Chiropractic adjustments

Dr. Getachew uses gentle chiropractic adjustments and manipulation techniques to remove pressure from your sciatic nerve. She and her team use state-of-the-art Cox8 Table® and Cox treatment protocol to maximize results for optimal pain relief.


The Makda Chiropractic Health Center team uses massage to alleviate sciatic nerve pressure, muscle tension, and chronic pain.

Physical therapy

Dr. Getachew uses a series of corrective exercises to stretch and strengthen your spine, back, hips, and other joints. Doing so is often effective for pain relief and preventing sciatic nerve compression in the future.

Heat and ice therapy

Heat and ice therapy can relieve inflammation and pain associated with sciatica. Try alternating heat with ice packs.

Don’t live with debilitating sciatic nerve pain or take addictive pain medications when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Makda Chiropractic Health Center over the phone or request one online today.