Sciatica can be a distracting pain that starts in the lower back and extends down into one or both legs. Chiropractic care has proven to be quite helpful.
Those suffering from sciatica are often in their 40s and 50s. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then it extends down the back of either leg. The pain usually worsens with long periods of sitting or standing.
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. While a disc can’t “slip,” it can bulge, herniate or rupture. This can put direct pressure on the nearby nerves.
The result? Swelling. Inflammation. Pain when coughing, sneezing or with other kinds of movement. Sciatica often worsens with extended bed rest.
Pain pills or muscle relaxers are unable to correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc.
Physical Therapy merely exercises the unstable joints. Surgery often involves cutting away disc tissue or removing bone to make room for the nerve. Fortunately, sciatica often responds to safe, natural chiropractic care. Improving joint motion with a series of chiropractic adjustments has produced results for millions.
“Before” and “after” images of the lower back often show improved disc height and spacing. Many patients report that they can resume their lives and that their symptoms have disappeared without drugs or surgery.
Your chiropractic doctor is uniquely skilled to evaluate and reduce the most common cause of sciatic nerve pain.
It’s the natural approach to relief and better health.