What is the cause of sciatica?
Sciatica is a low back pain condition that causes pain to radiate from the back down the leg. Low back and leg pain is most commonly due to irritation of a lumbar disc and the compression of the corresponding nerve root. When the nerve root is irritated, pain is felt in the corresponding dermatome in the leg or foot. Sciatic pain is usually felt as a constant pain that radiates down one or both legs. The pain can be positional, worse during certain standing or sitting positions. Sciatica pain may make it hard to transition from sitting to standing.
How we treat it at Boulder Sports Chiropractic...
At Boulder Sports Chiropractic, sciatic pain is most commonly treated with Flexion Distraction therapy. Our chiropractors would use a special table designed specifically to decompress the lumbar spine and take the pressure off of the lumbar disc that is causing compression on the sciatic nerve. By taking the pressure off of the nerve in the low back, your leg symptoms will decrease. The therapy is usually coupled with chiropractic care, physical therapy, and Active Release Technique (ART) on the muscles of the lower back, hip, and leg to further decrease the compression on the sciatic nerve or pinched nerve. Using electrical muscle stimulation can further help to decrease the nerve pain and help to temporarily block the bodies ability to sense the pain, like a natural ibuprofen.