Sciatica pain is not an uncommon ailment but what if that pain is secondary to a much larger issue? Spinal dysfunctions such as a herniated disc, degenerative disc, or even infection can be a cause of sciatic nerve pain. Due to the common nature of the term, most people just shake off the pain and deal with it instead of consulting a physician. Spinal manipulation performed by a chiropractor is a good alternative treatment for most spinal dysfunctions that produce the debilitating nerve pain. Being able to correctly identify the pain, the source, and the cause of it will greatly improve your everyday mobility and outlook.