Sciatica by definition of the May Clinic, is a condition where pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. The nerve runs from your low back down the back of your legs, with various branches along the way. It can affect both legs, but much more commonly only affects one leg.
The next step is, what causes sciatica. Again via the Mayo Clinic, sciatica is most commonly caused by a herniated disc (disc bulge), degenerative changes of the spine, which ultimately compresses the nerve creating inflammation, pain, and often numbness into the legs.
Now we know what sciatica is, we know what causes it, but how can it be resolved? Most cases of sciatica are resolved through non-operative techniques. Chiropractic being one of them, and in my personal and profession opinion, one of the best resolutions for such conditions. We adjust the bones to remove pressure off of the nerve. When we do this, the pain will start to diminish.
We also recommend focusing your diet to anti-inflammatory foods, to help jump start removing as much inflammation around the nerve as possible to help you heal faster. Some of these include, fish oil, turmeric, ginger, broccoli, salmon, beets, among many many more.
When we tie your nutrition with your chiropractic adjustment, then implement some home stretches/exercises the combination produces amazing results in our patients.
If you you or a loved one are suffering from sciatic pain, give your local chiropractor a call and see how they can help you regain your life back. Please, if you have any questions, no matter where you are from, contact us we would love to get you in touch with the right people to help you.
-Dr. Zach Beatty, DC
Reference: Mayo Clinic, Sciatica