Imagine. You’re walking around the house, doing some light cleaning, when you bend over and feel a light “pop”. Suddenly, you’re doubled over in pain with a sharp, shock-like pain shooting down your leg. Sounds terrible right? We see many people in our office who have stories similar to this. They bent over in the shower to pick up soap or they were at the office and bent over to pick up a piece of paper. Ever since then, they’ve been feeling a terrible pain down the back of the leg. This is a condition commonly known as sciatica.
What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is a nerve bundle running down the back of the leg with nerves from the lower part of your spine. This nerve has two primary functions: controlling the muscles and controlling the sensation to the back of the leg. The sciatic nerve is essential for normal daily tasks like walking and bending. When pressure is placed the sciatic nerve, it can cause a shooting pain down the back of the leg or prevent the muscle from working as they should. This pain is a condition called sciatica.
How does sciatica happen?
Even though the pain is typically in the leg, the pain actually comes from the spine. The spinal bones can shift out of alignment due to trauma, toxins or thoughts. When they do, the bones can either put direct pressure on the sciatic nerve or the bones can cause the discs between them to bulge or herniate. When the discs bulge or herniation, the disc itself can put pressure on the sciatic nerve. This pressure causes that shock-like pain to shoot down the leg.
Chiropractic may be the best solution for sciatica!
Many people don’t know that chiropractic may significantly reduce sciatic pain with the least amount of risk! Surgery can be extremely risky and may result in long lasting issues and is often not needed. Chiropractic adjustments can gently realign the bones to take pressure off the sciatic nerve roots and allow the body to heal. This effect can actually be seen on a CAT scan!! A research study was conducted of patients with sciatic pain. The CAT scan showed that chiropractic adjustments significantly reduced disc herniations and took pressure off the sciatic nerve. Additionally, the patients reported an increased ability to walk, stand and lift with minimal issues.