Sciatica Leg Pain

Sciatica or sciatic neuritis the first cited use of the word sciatica was registered in 1451 is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five nerve roots that give rise to the sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve itself. The pain is felt in the lower back, buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. In addition to pain, which is sometimes severe, there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling and difficulty in moving or controlling the leg. Typically, the symptoms are only felt on one side of the body.

Although sciatica is a relatively common form of low back pain and leg pain by chiropractic care, the true reason of the condition is misunderstood by modern medicine and is simply treated with palliative agents that numb the pain. Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve, causing the pain. This point is important, because treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms will often be different, depending upon the underlying cause of the symptoms.

When the cause of sciatica is due to a prolapsed or lumbar disc herniation 90% of disc prolapses can be resolved with no surgery. Treatment of the underlying cause of the compression is needed in cases of epidural abscess, epidural tumors, and cauda equina syndrome.

Cases of sciatica are treated with different measures. Evidence of the effectiveness of these measures is best seen in Chiropractic care but here are others that have some success:

Epidural steroid injections provide no long-term improvements in outcomes but do provide some short-term benefits

Non-surgical spinal decompression


Weight loss reduces pressure on Spinal nerve roots