The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body. It begins in your low back and travels through your buttock region and straight down the back of your leg to your foot. When this nerve is irritated, it can cause searing pain, often described as a lightning bolt or a red-hot poker, to shoot down the back of your leg. This condition, known as sciatica, can cause difficulties with sitting, standing, walking, and sleep, just to name a few.
Sciatica typically results from misalignment and/or disc bulging in the lower lumbar spine. This puts pressure on the delicate nerves that your spine is designed to protect. If left untreated, this can worsen and eventually cause permanent damage to the nerves, so it is vital to seek treatment as soon as possible.
When seeking help with sciatica it is best to begin with conservative treatment. Chiropractic is a safe and effective approach. Chiropractic care seeks to address the underlying causes of sciatica by improving the motion and position of the involved spinal bones, known as vertebrae. This helps to relieve pressure on the nerve and decreasing pain. If disc bulging is contributing to your sciatica, addressing spinal alignment and function may also decrease disc pressure on the nerve. The chiropractor may use other procedures, such as spinal decompression, to help take disc pressure off the nerve as well. Other treatments may include deep tissue therapeutic laser to help decrease tissue swelling and spinal rehabilitation to help strengthen muscles to improve stability of the spine.
When looking for a chiropractor to treat your sciatica, it is important to choose one who has experience treating this condition and has the resources available to implement various modalities address your unique needs.
[Dr. David Iszler owns and operates Trinity Chiropractic in Glendale, AZ. He has over 28 years of experience providing quality chiropractic care.]