Sciatica: When to See a Chiropractor

A herniated disk, bone spur, or pinched nerve in the lumbar spine may irritate the sciatic nerve, which causes the classic symptoms of sciatica, such as pain, tingling, or numbness in the legs, buttocks, and even feet, typically restricted to one leg or the other.

In some cases, sciatica can be harmless—but symptoms tend to worsen over time, and eventually become uncomfortable. Many doctors will order imaging tests or prescribe potent pain medications when, in fact, your local chiropractor can provide non-surgical and drug-free relief. Your chiropractor will evaluate your condition and make painless spinal adjustments to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. He or she will likely suggest gentle strengthening exercises that will provide extra support for your back and keep sciatica at bay and, along with regular chiropractic care, you can regain your quality of life.

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