People suffering “Sciatica” are often in their 40s and 50s; it normally begins with a sharp, sudden pain in the lower back then progresses down the back of the leg. The pain is exacerbated with sitting and improved on standing.

The “sciatic” nerve is made up of the smaller nerve that exit from your lumbar spine. It is common in cases of “sciatica” for these small nerves to get pinched by the disc that acts as a shock absorber between the spinal bones. While a disc can’t “slip” it can bulge, herniate or rupture and in doing so put direct pressure on to these smaller nearby nerves.

The result? Swelling, inflammation and pain.

These symptoms are potentially worsened when coughing or sneezing, which could help with the diagnosis, known as the Valsalva manoeuvre.

However, this is not the only cause of “sciatica” as lumbar spinal joint can refer pain down your leg as well as muscle trigger points can cause “pseudo sciatica” this pain pattern is from tension in your buttock muscle “Gluteus minimus”.

How do you get “sciatica”?

It’s easy to trace some spinal injury to an accident such as a car accident. Yet “sciatica” is normally the result of years of repetitive damage; years of bad posture, poor muscle tone, excess weight, to name a few. Even smoking can weaken the disc making them more vulnerable to damage.

Can chiropractic treatment cure “sciatica”?

Pain killers or muscle relaxants are unable to correct the nerve compression caused by a bulging disc and physiotherapy merely offers exercises which can exacerbate the pain initially. Surgery often involves cutting away disc tissue or removing bone to make room for the nerve.

Fortunately, “sciatica” often responds to safe, natural chiropractic care. Although, this is dependent on it cause, and a careful assessment is required to evaluate if a chiropractor can help. The treatment, if beneficial, will involve adjustments to improve joint motion along with massage and medical acupuncture to relax the tight muscles. Following chiropractic care, many patients have reported that their symptoms have disappeared without drugs or surgery.


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