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Sciatica Treatment and Prevention

Jun 3

One of the things we look for in an affordable chiropractor is to get help from Sciatica. You know how frightening it might be to fall to your knees in pain due to Sciatica. However, one of the most unwelcome discoveries in life is pain that locks up your low back and travels down your leg after sneezing, coughing, or bending over. The source of this nerve pain is most often a herniated disc or a bulging disc that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.


What is the Sciatic Nerve, and what does it do?


The sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back down your hips, buttocks, and each leg, is the biggest in the human body. The sciatic nerve connects the spinal cord to the skin and muscles of the thigh, leg, and foot and serves as a critical link between them. Through each leg, it offers motor and sensory functions. However, when the sciatic nerve is pinched or blocked, it has a detrimental influence on function and can even be debilitating.


The sciatic nerve begins in the lower back, where it runs through the sciatic foramen (a hole in the pelvic bone that the nerve passes through). It then enters the buttocks, running down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve has two main branches: the tibial nerve and the peroneal nerve.


The tibial nerve branches off near the knee and runs down the calf to the foot, while the peroneal nerve branches off near the ankle and runs down the front of the leg. The sciatic nerve innervates (supplies nerves to) all of the muscles in the back of the thigh, leg, and foot. It also innervates the skin on the back of the thigh, leg, and foot and the muscles on the front of the leg.


A Variety of Factors That Can Cause Sciatica


Sciatic pain, also known as Sciatica, occurs when a spinal disc, extra bone, or overgrown ligaments squeeze the nerves in your low back that go down your buttocks and legs to your feet. Sciatica pain can be severe and devastating for most people. However, others may experience intermittent and annoying discomfort, but it has the potential to worsen.


You might be shocked to learn that spinal disc bulges and herniations are pretty frequent as we age and don't always produce discomfort. In truth, most of us can and do have various spinal disc abnormalities that don't cause discomfort. However, if a nerve is pinched, the body will send out a signal with a jolt of radiating pain.


Symptoms Could Involve:


  1. Sitting causes pain in the buttocks and/or leg.
  2. Tingling and/or burning sensations down the leg
  3. Leg or foot weakness, numbness, or trouble moving
  4. On one side of the buttocks, there is a persistent ache.
  5. It's tough to stand up because of a shooting ache.




The only method to "fix" a bulged or herniated disc may be to remove it surgically, but this is not the case. Instead, Sciatica is best treated with evidence-based, conservative treatment options like chiropractic care and physical therapy rehab.


Because they minimize the squeezing (or compression) on your spinal nerves, stretching, exercise, and spinal adjustments have been demonstrated to be quite beneficial in relieving the pain associated with Sciatica.



Controlled mobility of your spinal joints can assist in alleviating discomfort and inflammation.

Surgery is a last resort, and it is thought that only around 5% of persons with Sciatica are good candidates for surgery.

A recent study indicated that spinal adjustments provided more relief (over 60%) than spinal injections for persons with lumbar disc herniations.


You don't have to get surgery just because you have Sciatica. Chiropractic therapy can help the vast majority of persons with disc problems and Sciatica. In our office, we've had a lot of people who have come in with pain relief and haven't had any concerns recur after treatment. At Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights, we focus on assisting you in healing naturally. Contact us today for an appointment!