May's Symptom of the Month - SCIATICA



The Sciatic Nerves are the largest and longest nerves in the body. The Sciatic nerve is located in the back of the leg, it runs through each side of the lower spine through the sacrum and between the glut (butt muscles) and down to the feet; connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles.

According to the medical encyclopedia explains that the sciatic nerve supplies the muscles with sensation in the back of the thigh, lower leg and back of the knee and the sole of the foot.

When the nerves are damaged or impinged this can cause these nerves to get irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissues, which is what doctors consider sciatica. Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating.


Depending on where the nerve is impinged it can produce a few different symptoms, these reactions include but are not limited to:


  • Weakness in bending (knee flexion)
  • Constant pain in one side of buttock or leg (rarely in both legs)
  • Reflexes may be impeded and abnormal.
  • Sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand or walk
  • Burning or tingling down leg
  • Pain can also radiate into the rear and back of the thigh and calf, with pain radiating down to the foot.

Piriformis syndrome can mimic the signs and symptoms of sciatica pain from a disc herniation and is part of the different diagnosis of possible causes of sciatica.


Diagnosing Sciatica is imperative because there are many things that can cause sciatica and pinning down the cause will help the doctor be better able to treat the condition. The chiropractor will run a series of physical and neurological tests including x-rays and reviewing a patient's medical history in order to get a proper diagnosis. This is done not only to get a proper diagnosis, but to ensure that there are no contraindications that could hinder a patient's recovery and response to chiropractic treatment.


In the past medications like muscle relaxers, pain killers, physical therapy and even surgery was recommended and prescribed. Chiropractic is used as a non-invasive, drug-free and controlled approach to help the body regain its natural function, giving the body what it needs to heal itself.

Spinal manipulations free restrictions in the movement of the spine and helps to restore the misaligned vertebral bodies, placing them back in their proper position in the spine. These adjustments help reduce the nerve interference that causes the inflammation, pain, muscle spasms and the other above mentioned symptoms. Manipulations are proven to be both safe and effective.



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