The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerve of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in diameter, and extending from the low back to the tips of toes. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissue, doctors refer to this as sciatica.
Each of the two sciatic nerves is formed by four or five smaller nerves branching off each side of the spinal cord and run- fling down the back of each leg. One of the most common causes of sciatic leg pain is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex which starts with improper motion or position of spinal bones. This can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the soft pulpy discs which separate each spinal bone and can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can cause a myriad of symptoms including intense pain shooting down either or both legs.
In the past, treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and even surgery. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures. These chiropractic adjustments can be quite effective in reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain.
Sciatica, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often respond dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.
The Extensive Impact of the Sciatic Nerve
The sciatic nerve is formed from four or five nerve roots that branch off the right and left side of the spinal cord in the lower back and tailbone area, and then join together and run down the back of each thigh and lower leg, all the way down to the toes.
Pain is caused when the sciatic nerve roots are irritated, scraped, twisted, stretched or pinched as they exit the spine. Causes of the impairment may be chemical, physical or the emotional stress of everyday living. A full-blown sciatic flare-up can involve the entire sciatic nerve path resulting in symptoms of lower back pain, burning, cramping or numbness that radiates into the thighs, legs, feet, ankles and toes. Pain may also be limited to various points along the nerve, such as the buttocks, knee area and calf.
Your chiropractor can remove the nerve interference that is resulting in your pain and discomfort. Call today to make an appointment. Learn how chiropractic can benefit you when you are sick, hurt or even when you are well.