Sciatica

Sciatica pain is located in the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve of the body.

Sciatica and Chiropractic

The pain is caused when the sciatic nerve roots are irritated or affected by inflammation of the surrounding tissues from the lumbar region. The causes may be chemical, physical or stress of everyday life. An irritation or damage to one of the roots can involve the entire sciatic nerve path, resulting in symptoms such as sore lower back (lumbar), burning, numbness, tingling or cramping that radiates into the leg muscle, ankle, feet and toes.

Pain may also be limited to various points along the nerve, such as the buttocks, knee and calf. It can also happen to lose strength in the legs.

One of the most common causes of sciatica is spinal subluxation (pinched). May be accompanied by a bulging or herniated intervertebral discs or pressure can irritate the sciatic nerve roots, resulting in pain in one or both legs.

The chiropractic approach is to use some carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference on the structures of the spine, lessened by nerve irritation and pain associated with it. An adjustment is a fast and smooth movement which puts the vertebrae in proper position for the nerve pills and no longer operate without interference.

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