Sciatic Pain

Around 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time.1 Low back pain accompanied with shooting pain down into the leg is referred to as sciatica. When the sciatic nerve becomes damaged or irritated, pain can travel down into the buttocks, the lower leg, and sometimes all the way into the foot. Generally, the leg pain affects one leg at a time, but can sometimes affect both legs, depending on the cause. The Sciatic Nerve is a long thick nerve that originates from several vertebral levels in the low back and runs the full length of each leg.

The most common causes of sciatic nerve pain include musculoskeletal imbalances, a vertebral subluxation, or a herniated disc, either causing direct pressure or chemical irritation of the nerve.

It is very important to distinguish the cause of sciatic pain, as it will change how your condition should be treated. The importance of a comprehensive exam by a chiropractor is that it will provide you with answers to the cause of your radiating pain and options for relief.

Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic— meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. These are cases that are easily treatable with safe, cost effective chiropractic care. Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.2 Awareness of the benefits of a chiropractic consultation and exam will hopefully provide many people with relief from their Sciatic Pain. Call New Life Family Chiropractic Center today for your comprehensive exam 1-219-769-LIFE (5433).

1. Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.

2. Vallfors B. Acute, Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain: Clinical Symptoms, Absenteeism and Working Environment. Scan J Rehab Med Suppl 1985; 11: 1-98.


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