The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves of the body, and they run down the back of each leg. It is when the nerves are irritated or are affected by inflammation of soft tissue that doctors refer to this as sciatica. This most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve.
With Sciatica, pain is caused when the sciatic nerve roots are irritated, scraped, twisted, stretched or pinched as they exit the spine. As with all pain, causes can be chemical, physical or emotional. Symptoms of a flare up can result in lower back pain, burning, cramping or numbness that could radiate into the thigh, legs, ankles and even the feet and toes. Pain could also be limited to various points along the nerve, such as the buttocks, knee and calf.
Research shows that when treated with chiropractic, sciatic has an 8-9% greater rate of recovery than if patients use therapy or standard medical care. We can also help with exercises to do at home to decrease the pain, and align yourself for best functionality.
As a health problem that relates to the spine, chiropractic care can cause this issue to improve dramatically. Restoration in the spine can improve nerve function throughout the body, including decreased pain.