Sciatica affects the sciatic nerve and can be an extremely painful condition that is most often caused by herniated discs in the lower back that put pressure on the nerve, resulting in lower back pain that radiates into one or both legs. Additional causes of sciatica include extremely tight buttock muscles and spinal stenosis. Individuals with sciatica often have difficulty walking and standing, and the pain is typically worse after sitting or standing for long periods of time.
The goal of chiropractic care for sciatica is to release the pressure on the sciatic nerve in order to reduce pain and improve the function of the back and legs.
This often starts with chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression, if the pinched nerve is caused by a herniated disc. There are also specific exercises and stretches that can be utilized to alleviate pain, and corrective exercises can help give the spine more stability by strengthening the core muscles. Individuals with back pain caused by sciatica may also benefit from additional treatments, like cold laser therapy, ice and heat therapy and massage therapy.
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