An all too common complaint.
Sciatica is a severe pain in the leg caused from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.
The largest nerves of the body.
Each of the two sciatic nerves is formed by four or five nerves branching off each side of the spinal cord and running down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerves are the largest (and longest) nerves of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in diameter, and running down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissues, doctors refer to this as sciatica.
Sciatic frequently prompts surgical intervention, which may or may not be successful.
One of the most common causes of sciatic leg pain is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. It can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the soft, pulpy discs which separate each spinal bone. This can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can be an intense pain shooting down either or both legs.
In a British study of 741 patients, those receiving spinal adjustments got better results than those receiving medical treatment.
In the past, treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and even surgery. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures. These chiropractic “adjustments” can be quite effective in reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain.
While it can take time, conservative chiropractic care can be quite successful in removing the cause of sciatica and low back pain.
Sciatica, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often respond dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.