Sciatica is a term referring to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. This nerve branches from your lower back, through your hips and buttocks, and eventually down each leg. It is not uncommon for sciatica to affect only one side of your body.


Compression of the sciatic nerve is the most common reason for sciatica to occur. This compression can come from a variety of sources, including herniated disks, bone spurs on the spine or spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine). Another cause of sciatic irritation can occur when your piriformis (a muscle in your buttock) compresses on your sciatic nerve.


Sciatica results in inflammation, pain and often numbness in your affected leg or foot. The pain associated with sciatica may be described as sharp or burning sensation. Sometimes it is even described like a jolt or electric shock. Prolonged sitting can aggravate the symptoms associated with sciatica. Symptoms can be worse when you cough or sneeze.

Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with chiropractic treatments.  If you are experiencing sciatic pain, call us today and let us help you get out of pain and restore your body to full function.