Sciatica is a pain that runs from the lower back down the leg of one leg, often into the foot and toes. It is caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve caused by a compression.

Some people suffering from sciatica also can experience a burning, tickling or prickly sensation, usually on one side of the body. The type and amount of pain a person experiences depends on the location of the nerve compression.

In some instances the pain can be very mild, while in others it can be severe and debilitating. Although most people will recover from an episode of sciatica within a few weeks, the pain can sometime worsen over time or persist for much longer. It all depends on the underlying cause.

Sciatica and Nerve Damage

Although it is rare, in some instances sciatica can result in permanent nerve damage. But the irritation of the nerve that causes the sciatica pain usually is reversible.

Symptoms of a more serious medical problem include bladder or bowl incontinence, growing weakness, or the loss of sensation in the leg.

Where the Sciatic Nerve is Located

Sciatic nerves are the longest in the body. They extend from the lower back all the way down to the toes.

Sciatic nerves exit the spin between two vertebrae in the lower back and travel behind the hip joint down the buttock and along the back of each leg into the foot.

Sciatica is caused by the irritation of one or both of these nerves. Typically, a herniated disc applies pressure on the sciatic nerve root.

Often, people experiencing sciatica have leg pain, which makes them mistakenly think that the sciatica is caused by some sort of problem within the leg.

Other causes of sciatica can include spinal tumors, spondylolisthesis, trauma, spinal stenosis, or sciatic nerve tumor or injury.

Anybody Can Have Sciatica

Many people believe that sciatica is something that only effects people who have a sedentary lifestyle. And while it’s true that sedentary people are more at risk for sciatica, it actually can affect active people as well, especially if they participate in activities that involve twisting the back or carrying heavy loads frequently.

In most cases, sciatica will resolve itself within a few weeks. Treatment options include exercise, physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. For some patients, however, the pain can last much longer, so individualized treatment plans are recommended.

Chiropractic Care and Sciatica

Another more natural and less invasive option for treating sciatica is chiropractic care. By gently manipulating the spine so that it returns to its normal state, pressure on the sciatic nerve can be relieved and the pain from sciatica can go away.

If you or somebody you know is suffering from sciatica, contact us today for your free chiropractic consultation. Our expert chiropractic medical professionals can tell you if chiropractic treatments are a good option for treating your sciatica and other pain and spinal issues.

Peter Halvorson, DC

Dr. Peter Halvorson has been involved in ‘non-pharmaceutical’ healthcare also known as Alternative and Complementary Medicine (CAM) since the late 1970’s when as a teenager he studied foot reflexology and explored a vegetarian diet. He discovered Chiropractic healthcare as a patient in his twenties, has been a Massage Therapist since 1993 and recently completed a three and half year program for his Doctorate of Chiropractic. Since then he has realized the great importance of a healthy brain and neurological system. Chiropractic is essentially neurologically based, and the burgeoning neurological research of the past twenty years has shown that we must move from ‘pain and chasing symptoms’ to ‘brain health and finding cause’ as this is truly the source of a capable immune system and a sound physical body. Dr. Halvorson has worked with Olympic athletes, a World Cup ski racer, and has himself been a top ten triathlete and age group competitor in running and Nordic ski events. He is particularly fond of Chiropractic, as through its care he has avoided three ‘recommended’ surgeries, yet continues to enjoy a mobile, pain free life. His outdoor pursuits include Alpine and backcountry skiing, trail running, Nordic skiing, kayaking, and mountain adventures in Colorado, Asia, and South America. Dr. Halvorson has led a colorful and adventurous life, having travelled the world through 24 countries and many continents; from McMurdo Station, Antarctica to Mt. Denali in Alaska, and from Tibet to Paris. He has also studied and practices yoga, and completed several months’ long meditation retreats. Along the way he has met extraordinary people, cultures and ideals and through these experiences he brings a wealth of knowledge, both studied and experienced, to his unique outlook on healthcare. He marvels at the amazing ability of the human body to perform, recover, change and heal. He is happy to share this knowledge and guide you on your own path towards a productive, mobile, pain free life.