Sciatica originates in the lower back and is a term used to describe nerve pain in the leg that is caused by irritation and/or compression of the sciatic nerve. Other common symptoms of sciatica include numbness in the leg along the nerve and a tingling sensation (pins and needles) in the feet and toes. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. It runs from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the legs, ending just below the knee. Chiropractic care can often correct the underlying cause of sciatica allowing the patient to avoid unnecessary surgical intervention.
Those suffering from sciatica are often in their 40s and 50s. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then extends down either leg. The pain usually worsens with long periods of sitting or standing and often worsens with extended bed rest.
Like a large river created by smaller streams, five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two sciatic nerves. The soft, pulpy disc between each spinal bone is often involved causing nerve compression which leads to pain. While a disc can't "slip," it can bulge, herniate or rupture, putting direct pressure on the nearby nerves, resulting in sciatica. The Pain can become exacerbated with coughing and sneezing or with others kinds of movement.
Pain pills or muscle relaxers are unable to correct the nerve compression caused by the bulging disc. Physical therapy merely treats the muscle without addressing the underlying cause of the pain. Surgery often involves cutting away disc tissue or removing bone to make room for the nerve, which should only be done as a last resort.
Fortunately, sciatica often responds to safe, natural chiropractic care.
Improving joint motion with a series of chiropractic adjustments has produced results for millions. Many patients report that they can resume their lives and that their symptoms disappear without resorting to drugs or surgery.
Chiropractors are uniquely skilled to evaluate and reduce the most common cause of sciatica nerve pain. Chiropractic is the natural approach to relief and better health. There is hope!
How do you get sciatica?
It's easy to trace some spinal problems to an event, such as a car accident. Yet, sciatica is often the result of cumulative damage. Years of bad posture, poor muscle tone, excess weight or countless other causes set the stage. Then, something simple like bending over to tie your shoes can trigger an episode.
Can Chiropractic cure sciatica?
Actually, chiropractic doesn't cure anything! Only your body can do that. The chiropractic approach to sciatica (and other health problems) is to help restore the way your spine works, reducing nerve irritation and revitalizing your own healing ability. We have had excellent results treating this condition and look forward to helping you.