What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a severe pain in the leg caused by compression, irritation, or inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Each sciatic nerve is composed of five smaller verves that leave the spinal cord from the lower spinal column, join together and then travel down each leg.

People with "sciatica" can suffer from a wide range of symptoms. Often the pain will come and go. At times, it may be constant, but then it may subside for hours or days. Some people may feel only a dull ache or numbness, which travels down the back into the upper leg. For others, it may be intense "shooting pain" down the leg into the foot and toes.

The sciatic nerve is so long, irritation can occur at many points. The first place is the lower back. Commonly, a misalignment of one or more of the lumbar vertebra causing pressure on the nerve is responsible. The chiropractic approach to treating sciatica is to find the source of nerve irritation and relive the pressure causing the pain. By correcting the source of the problem, the body can heal naturally without nerve interference. Sciatica, like other health conditions that can be traced to the spine, often responds dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.
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