Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a term used to describe irritation of the sciatic nerve.

The nerve itself begins in the lower back, formed by several nerve roots as they exit the spine.

Once formed, the sciatic nerve runs just in front of the SI joint, to the buttock & down the back of the leg, eventually branching off into nerves that supply the front & back of the lower leg, ankle, & foot.

“the widest and longest nerve in the human body.”

Finding the Cause

In order to recover properly it’s very important to determine what is the cause of pressure.

  • Neurological testing

  • Orthopedic testing

  • Range of motion assessment

  • Digital X-ray

  • MRI

  • Bio-mechanical evaluation

  • Postural assessment

Nerve Pinching

Pressure on the sciatic nerve can have a variety of causes, including:

  • Disc Herniation

  • Spinal Stenosis

  • Spinal Misalignment

  • Degenerative Disc/Joint Disease

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Piriformis Syndrome

  • Diabetes

  • Tumors

  • Nutritional Deficiencies / Toxicities

What does it feel like

You may find that your pain follows the distribution of the nerve — down the back of the leg, into the calf and perhaps even into your feet & toes.

Numbness & tingling, burning sensation, itching, weakness of the leg & shooting pains are all also common to sciatica.

Pain may be sharp at times & disrupt normal daily activities such as sleep, walking, sitting, driving, & standing for long periods of time.

“Dr. Jeff is just one of a few Chiropractors in the region trained in Cox Flexion-Distraction Technique.  A highly specialized traction/decompression treatment used to alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve.”

Chiropractic & Sciatica

Research shows the effectiveness of Chiropractic care on sciatica, with patients reporting greater relief of pain, fewer pain days during recovery, quicker return to work & fewer drugs needed compared to those going without chiropractic care.