Sciatica is a common problem where the sciatic nerve, which runs from low back down the back of the leg, becomes compressed.
Symptoms may include: numbness, tingling, pain, aching, burning or weakness in the back, legs or feet. It may be accompanied by low back pain, is usually only on one side, is worse with sitting, is better lying down and can come in gradually or can be acute.
Causes: the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve that comes from the spinal cord in the low back. If the nerve is compressed, it can cause impaired nerve function and pain. The most common causes are disc herniation, degeneration, piriformis syndrome and sacroiliac syndrome.
Treatment: chiropractic and massage have been shown to be effective in the treatment of sciatica. At Chiropractix, we have a special Flexion-Distraction treatment table, which was designed to treat conditions which lead to sciatica. The table tractions out the lumbar spine, while flexing the spine, causing decompression of the nerves.
Decompression, along with muscular release can be a very effective way of relieving sciatica.
Along with treatment, our chiropractors will show you stretches and exercises to help speed up recovery and to prevent further injury.
To get relief from sciatica, see one of our highly skilled chiropractors today.