Sciatica is the term for pain that radiates from the sciatic nerve.
Since the sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, this pain usually begins in the low back and radiates down the buttock, down the back of the thigh and below the knee.
The pain can be isolated in various parts of the nerve path or the entire nerve may flare up. Sciatica treatment through chiropractic therapy is very effective in treating the cause of the pain.
What Causes Sciatic Nerve Pain?
Between each vertebra in the spine is a disc that serves as a cushion to minimize the impact of gravity on the spinal column as we bend and move.
Each disc is shaped like a jelly donut with a soft center. When this center ruptures (or moves outside the cushion) it’s called a disc herniation. When a disc herniation puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve, the result is the pain we call sciatica.
Other causes of sciatic nerve pain include injury to the low back area, infections, and the changes a woman’s body undergoes during pregnancy. The weight of the baby causes the pelvis to tilt forward, putting pressure on the lower back and often irritating the sciatic nerve.
Effective Sciatica Treatment
Sciatica is diagnosed following a physical and neurological examination with a doctor. Chiropractors specialize in sciatica treatment. As experts in restoring proper function to the musculoskeletal system, they are trained to identify areas of your spine or joints that are misaligned.
Regardless of where the sciatic nerve becomes irritated, effective chiropractic treatment includes an exam and X-rays, in most cases, to determine the cause of the nerve irritation.
The goal of sciatica treatment is to uncover the true cause of the nerve irriation and remove it, restoring motion and eliminating pain. Chiropractic adjustments alleviate pressure on the nerve by restoring motion to the joints and bringing the bones and discs back into proper alignment.
The Olathe chiropractors at Fulk Chiropractic offer sciatica treatment and chiropractic therapy to patients in Olathe, Overland Park and the surrounding Kansas City community. Open 7 days a week, they treat thousands of patients each year. Call to schedule an appointment today 913-764-6237.