Sciatica (pain along the large sciatic nerve that runs from the lower back down to the foot) is a relatively common form of low back and leg pain. Sciatica is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated or bulging disc. Discs act as cushions or shock absorbers between spinal vertebrae. These discs also create proper spacing for pairs of nerves to exit the spine and connect to different parts of the body. The outer wall of the disc is made up of cartilage, while the center is jelly-like. Due to trauma or repetitive wear and tear, the inner disc material can leak out, pushing and inflaming the sciatic nerve where it exits the spine. Other factors causing compression of the sciatic nerve include: arthritic bone spurs, muscles, thinning of the discs, or misaligned vertebrae.

 

For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the pain might be infrequent and just irritating. One or more of the following may occur as a result of sciatica: burning, tingling or shooting pain, weakness, and a decrease in sensation in the buttocks, leg, and/or foot.

 

While sciatica and disc disease can be serious and ultimately require surgery, a great majority of cases can be successfully treated through chiropractic care. Chiropractors are specially trained to detect and remove nerve irritation in spine by way of spinal adjustments and decompression technologies.  The approach should be: Chiropractic first, risky drugs second, and surgery last. Drugs have side effects, and surgery yields mixed results. Chiropractic is safe, gentle, and highly effective.