Condition of the Month: Sciatica

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica is a condition that affects a lot of people in many different ways. Some people will experience mild, irritating forms of sciatica pain while others will experience a nearly debilitating form of pain. Symptoms of sciatica may include low back pain radiating down the buttocks and thigh, hip pain, burning or tingling down the leg, shooting pains down the leg or weakness or numbness in the leg. Usually people will experience sciatica on only one side at a time and usually only feel pain from the low back to thigh, however pain can go all the way to the toes in severe cases. In most cases the cause of sciatica is irritation of the nerves in the lumbar spine, however other possible causes may include degenerative disc disease (or degenerative joint disease, DJD), a herniated disc, pinched nerve, scar tissue, muscle spasms, or a combination of these.


How Can Chiropractic Care Help With Sciatica?

Since chiropractic care focuses on restoring and improving nerve function, there is hope for significantly reducing and possibly eliminating the symptoms of sciatica. Studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments significantly help reduce symptoms of sciatica. The sciatic nerve stems from the low back or lumbar region of the spine. When a person experiences sciatica, a chiropractor can usually find a subluxation that is causing the sciatic nerve to be compressed. By examining and adjusting the spine the compression of the nerve can be relieved and the nerve can begin to function properly. Sometimes cold therapy or electrical stimulation therapy may be recommended to accompany chiropractic treatment in order to help alleviate more severe symptoms. Adjustments in the lumbar spine can create a response in the nervous system that relieves pain, increases mobility, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing from within.


For more information on the chiropractic treatment of sciatica please see this article.

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