The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and originates in the lumbar and sacral areas of the spine. It extends through the buttock area, and continues down the back of each leg to the feet. Sciatica is pain that travels down the sciatic nerve, and may be associated with tingling, numbness or weakness in the low back, thigh or lower leg areas. Typically, sciatica affects only one leg, however more rarely it can be felt in both lower extremities. It can be caused by a bulging (herniated) disc in the lumbar spine which puts pressure on the nerve roots exiting the spinal cord, or by irritation of the sciatic nerve itself in the buttocks area or further down the leg.
Chiropractic care has an excellent track record of reducing the frequency of sciatic pain, the severity of the pain, or both. At Stabilized Chiropractic this is accomplished by reducing the pressure on the nerve roots through chiropractic adjustments and decompression on our Flexion-distraction tables, and decreasing inflammation by cryotherapy, LASER treatments, and dietary modification or supplementation. Typically our patients experience relief after the first appointment, and continue to improve over a few days or weeks until the symptoms disappear completely.