Chiropractic Care for Sciatica
In our chiropractic office in Spartanburg, South Carolina we see many different types of spinal problems ranging from neck pain and headaches to low back pain. Many times, low back pain will present with pain that radiates down a leg. This begs the question: “Can leg pain be helped by a chiropractor?”
Sciatica is defined as pain caused from irritation to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the leg. It originates in the lower back and travels down the outside of the thigh ending in the foot. When this nerve is irritated, it can cause pain or numbness in the outer thigh, behind the knee, or in the lower leg and foot. There are many causes of sciatica, but the most common causes are: herniated discs, piriformis syndrome, and spinal subluxations.
Intervertebral discs are the cushions found between each vertebrae. When damaged, the disc may herniate or bulge. If the bulge touches a nerve, the patient may have symptoms of sciatica.
The piriformis muscle is a small muscle in the hip. In some people, the piriformis muscle actually touches the sciatic nerve. When this muscle gets excessively tight, it may press against the sciatic nerve and cause irritation.
The spinal column is made of bones called vertebrae that form a protective encasement around the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves. A vertebral subluxation happens when one of these bones gets stuck out of place. When in the wrong position for an extended period of time, the bone will press on nerves resulting in nerve irritation.
So yes, leg pain can be helped by a chiropractor. If you or a friend have experienced low back pain that radiates into one or both legs, give us a call. We have successfully treated many patients with sciatica over the years and would love to have an opportunity to help you as well.