Risk Factors for Back Pain

After almost 20 years of practicing in Merritt as a chiropractor, I have noticed that there are certain risk factors that predispose people to experiencing acute or chronic low back pain. Some of these are avoidable, and some simply are not. Read through each of them below and see which ones apply to you! Age: […]

What Is Sciatica?

Like it or not, 80% of you will experience an acute bout of low back pain at least once in your life. Of those who get this back pain, many will also experience a mild to severe pain and/or numbness, called “sciatica”, which often travels down one of your legs and potentially as far as […]

Piriformis Syndrome

“Piriformis syndrome” is caused by an entrapment (pinching) of the sciatic nerve as it exits the back of the pelvis, deep within the buttock. The sciatic nerve typically exits the back of the pelvis immediately below a muscle, called the piriformis muscle, deep within the buttock. In rare situations, the nerve actually passes right through […]

One Leg Longer Than the Other

A particularly pleasant gentleman entered my office recently with left sided low back pain after raking up the pine needles throughout his entire yard. He had spoken to a physiotherapist who had described his problem as “a rotated hip”, which resulted in “one leg longer than the other”. He had heard that chiropractors commonly treat […]

Piriformis Syndrome and Sciatica

“Piriformis syndrome” is caused by an entrapment (pinching) of the sciatic nerve as it exits the back of the pelvis, deep within the buttock. The sciatic nerve typically exits the back of the pelvis immediately below a muscle, called the piriformis muscle, deep within the buttock. In rare situations, the nerve actually passes right through […]