The sciatic nerve is made up of 5 different lumbar (lower back) nerve roots. The sciatic nerve runs from the back, under the buttocks, and downward through the hip area into each leg. A radiculopathy occurs when there is compression or irritation of a nerve in the lumbar spine prior to it joining the sciatic nerve. Sciatica usually affects one side of the body and the pain can be dull, sharp, burning, or accompanied by shooting pain starting in the buttock traveling downward into the back or side of the thigh and/or leg and can be felt in the feet. Sometimes symptoms include tingling, numbness and weakness. Sitting and trying to stand up can be painful and coughing/sneezing can intensify the pain. There are several different disorders that could cause spinal nerve compression and sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy.
Our clinic offers non-invasive and drug-free therapies to treat sciatica. All of the therapies rendered cause a reduction in inflammation / nerve irritation as well as reduce muscle spasm, swelling, stiffness and pain by improving mobility and prompting the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer. Spinal manipulation by a chiropractor helps to realign the spine which will stimulate proper nerve conduction and reduce nerve irritability as well as increase mobility of the soft tissues surrounding the spine. This will be used in conjunction with muscle stretching techniques. Treatment for sciatica also could include physiotherapy modalities such as electrical muscle stimulation and heat/cold therapy.