The Sciatic Nerves, the largest nerves in the body, exit the lower spine and extend down the back of each leg. When there is any kind of dislocation, subluxation, damage or injury to the spine or the discs between vertebrae, or damage to the soft tissue around the nerve, severe pain can radiate from hip down the leg.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Pain that shoots down the back of one buttock or thigh is the primary symptom of Sciatica. The pain ranges from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation and can be accompanied by numbness, weakness and tingling.

Coughing, sneezing, sitting for lengthy periods and physical exertion are all likely to aggravate the pain.

Sciatica can make it difficult to function in daily life.

Conventional Treatments for Sciatica

Doctors may prescribe over the counter pain relievers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants or prescription pain medications. Steroid injections may be tried, though studies indicate limited effectiveness. Surgery is sometimes recommended. Physical therapy is another option.

Chiropractic: Relief Without Side Effects

Chiropractic adjustments relieve the pressure on the nerve and thereby greatly reduce the associated pain. Many patients prefer this noninvasive treatment because it is less costly and has less risk of side effects than conventional methods.

If you suffer from Sciatica, ask Dr. Van Amberg to show you how chiropractic treatment can decrease your pain and get your life back.