If your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, the condition is
called sciatica (pronounced sï -ad’-i-ka). The pain
can be intense! It often follows the path of your
nerve—down the back of your legs and thighs, ankle, foot
and toes—but it can also radiate to your back! Along with
burning, sharp pains, you may also feel nerve sensations such as
pins-and-needles, tingling, prickling, crawling sensations or
tenderness. Ironically, your leg may also feel numb!
To complicate matters, although sciatica pain is usually in the
back of the legs or thighs, in some people it can be in the front
or side of the legs or even in the hips. For some, the pain is in
both legs: bilateral sciatica!
Your sciatic nerve is your longest and largest nerve. It is
made up of five roots that leave your low back, join in your
pelvis and then travel to the muscles and joints of your thigh,
knee, calf, ankle, foot and toes.
Causes Of Sciatica
Like most other conditions, sciatica has a wide variety of
causes, but an unhealthy spine with a protruded or ruptured disc
can irritate the sciatic nerve causing Sciatica has
been reported following accidents, injuries and even childbirth,
usually due to spinal misalignment. However, advanced diabetes
can also cause sciatic nerve irritation as can arthritis,
constipation, tumors and even vitamin deficiencies.
The Chiropractic Approach
Chiropractors correct the vertebral subluxation complex, which
causes poor spinal alignment and nerve pressure. Doing this,
chiropractors relieve stress on the spinal nerves, joints and
discs. Just as you get your car’s alignment checked and
corrected, so you should periodically get your spine’s
alignment checked out and corrected. Is chiropractic spinal care
a treatment for sciatica? No it is a procedure for the analysis
and correction of spinal nerve stress. And yet, if you do have
sciatica, a chiropractic spinal adjustment is very badly needed.
Every sciatica sufferer needs a healthy spine.
For over a hundred years, doctors of chiropractic have given
spinal adjustments to millions of patients, many of them sciatica
sufferers. During that period, chiropractors have observed the
benefits that chiropractic subluxation correction has on many of
those suffering from sciatica and leg pain; many sciatica
sufferers have reported dramatic relief of their condition after
chiropractic care. Many sciatica and leg pain sufferers have
found that chiropractic was superior to traction and pain
injections, often saving them from the prospect of having to live
with pain, or perhaps face spinal surgery.)
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