Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica

Sciatica is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression or irritation to one or more of the five spinal nerve roots that give rise to the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body and runs down the back of the leg branching off as it descends. Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve can be caused by vertebral misalignment causing inflammation in the intervertebral discs and surrounding soft tissues.

Pain and symptoms are felt in the lower back, buttock, or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body but can be felt in both legs.

Chiropractic adjustments to the low back area specifically causing compression or irritation to the sciatic nerve will realign the involved vertebrae, relieving pressure and inflammation in the intervertebral disc and surrounding soft tissues. Once inflammation is reduced in the disc and soft tissue, irritation or compression of the nerve is no longer present, thus relieving the symptoms associated with sciatica.