What Is Sciatica - Can Chiropractic Help?

Sciatica is a blanket term that gets tossed around a lot.  Some patients present with signs and symptoms not remotely close to Sciatica and think they have it.  Others have been suffering for years with debilitating sciatic pain and don't realize they had it. 

Sciatica is a medical term for a set of symptoms, that typically involve low back pain and leg pain.  This could be pain in the hip, buttock, hamstring , and calves region, as well as all the way down to the foot. 

The low back pain and leg pain are classic signs but depending on the cause of the Sciatica you can also have numbness and tingling as well as muscle weakness or twitching. 

Common causes of Sciatica include but not limited to, degenerative disc disease, a disc herniation, a pinched nerve in the low back, and piriformis syndrome. 

Chiropractic care can be very beneficial to help reduce the symptoms of sciatic pain and in some cases it can fix the problem.  There are many different techniques that a chiropractor can use to help this so make sure you contact or have a consultation with the chiropractor before you start can to make sure they are comfortable working with you. 

As with any condition it is important that your chiropractor finds the root cause of the sciatica and low back pain.  This way your chiropractic can have a specific approach, reduce the time needed for correction, and choose the appropriate chiropractic techniques for your case. 

For more information on Sciatic please watch the video listed below.