Sciatica refers to a condition that results from compression on the sciatic nerve. This nerve begins in the lower back and runs through the back of the thighs, buttocks, and knees until it reaches the feet. It is responsible for supplying feeling in the legs — this is why any damage done to the sciatic nerve will cause pain or numbness in the lower extremities. Pinching of this nerve can also cause weakness in the legs, making it difficult to stand without needing rest when the nerve is irritated.
Sciatica generally only affects one side of the lower body. The pain radiates from the lower back to the back of the thigh and down the leg. Symptoms can intensify during sudden movements or when changing positions. Some combination of the following symptoms is most common:
Pain from sciatica causes the muscles to spasm, which will decrease mobility and add to the pressure that the nerve is under. A proper examination will be used to determine where your sciatic pain is coming from. Afterward, the spasms are relaxed using electromyostimulation on the area of pain. This is followed by specific chiropractic adjustments that are designed to alleviate the pressure on the nerve. Chiropractic adjustments will work directly on the spinal vertebrae and discs. The procedure is typically painless and does not require drugs or surgery, and most patients notice improvement after just one visit.