Sciatica, Lower back pain, leg pain …. it is likely that yourself or someone you know has or is currently experiencing one or more of these symptoms. But what is sciatica really.
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of your sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back at L1-S1, goes through your hips and buttocks, and down each leg.
Irritation to this nerve bundle anywhere along the pathway may cause lower back pain and, or leg pain, muscle weakness, or foot drop, just to name a few. Because of the wide variety of potential secondary conditions, sciatica is a very loose diagnosis with no effective long term treatment under standard medical care.
However, the way we approach this problem at Platinum Chiropractic is from the roots. Since these nerves originate from the lumbar spine, our first assessment is of the lower spinal vertebrae. We asses for Neuro-Structural shifts that could be irritating the nerves running down the leg. Usually, when we can correct the problem at the cause, the secondary symptoms such as leg pain, cramps, foot drop, etc. tend to go away on their own. We also include specific exercises to address any imbalances and help strengthen after we’ve corrected the problem. This is why we get such great results with our patients who have sciatica, or back pain in general.