Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks down the back of each leg. Sciatica is actually a sign that you have an underlying problem putting pressure on a nerve in your lower back.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes pinched, usually by a prolapsed disc, low back joint sprain or by a growth of bone (bone spur) compressing part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often numbness in the affected leg.

Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It’s likely to be worse when you sit, cough or sneeze. The pain can vary widely, from mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. For others, sciatica pain might be infrequent and irritating but has the potential to get worse.

Chiropractic treatment helps restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation. A chiropractic treatment plan may cover several different treatment methods, including spinal adjustment and spinal traction followed by physiotherapy for rehabilitation exercises which will eventually relieve and prevent the pain caused by the compressed nerve.