What is Sciatica
Sciatica is a common condition where the sciatic nerve in the low back or pelvis is compressed and /or irritated, causing severe pain or numbness in the buttock, thigh, calf and often the foot. There are several causes of sciatica. The most common is a disc bulge or herniation which puts direct pressure on the nerve as it exits the spine. Another common cause is a combination of sacro-iliac joint dysfunction and resulting muscle spasms in the posterior hip. This can be caused by several things, such as a slip and fall, improper work postures, and more.
Our goal in treatment, whatever the cause, is to remove the nerve irritation. We often use a combination of therapies which may include traction and decompression therapies, gentle chiropractic adjustments, specific exercises to provide relief and muscle release therapies. We also use a specific protocol called the McKenzie method and screen our patients for a position of relief. A home therapy program is then built around this direction of relief to help reduce leg and foot symptoms. This therapy complements chiropractic treatment very well and will help fix your leg and back pain.