Sciatica can be a distracting pain that starts in the lower back and extends down into one or both legs. The pain usually worsens with long periods of sitting or standing.
Like a large river created by smaller streams, five pairs of nerves exit the spine in the lower back to form the two sciatic nerves. The soft, pulpy disc between each spinal bone is often involved. While a disc can’t “slip”, it can bulge, herniate or rupture. This can put direct pressure on the nearby nerves resulting in swelling, inflammation and pain.
Sciatica is often the result of cumulative damage. Years of bad posture, poor muscle tone, excess weight or countless other causes set the stage. Then, something simple like bending over to tie your shoes can trigger an episode.
Pain pills or muscle relaxers are unable to correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc. Sciatica often worsens with extended bed rest. Physical therapy merely exercises the unstable joints. Surgery often involves cutting away disc tissue or removing bone to make room for the nerve.
Fortunately, sciatica often responds well to safe, natural chiropractic care. Improving joint motion with a series of chiropractic adjustments and therapies has produced results for many people. Most sciatica patients are delighted with the results they get from chiropractic care and are able to resume their lives without drugs or surgery.