The Jacksonville chiropractor group, Schilsky Chiropractic Center, has seen it’s fair share of low back injuries. With over 20 years of experience they have seen it all! One of the most common reasons that individuals walk through the doors is due to sciatica. Sciatica is a nerve problem that affects the lower extremities. Chiropractic care has been shown as an effective treatment against sciatica pain.

Sciatica is the scientific term for an irritated or injured sciatic nerve. The nerve root of the sciatic is found in the lower back and can become irritated or injured from a myriad of different reasons. This nerve begins in the lower back, travels through the buttock, and into the lower legs. As the largest nerve in the human body it is quite commonly irritated. When an individual suffers from sciatica they feel persistent or intermittent pain along the length of the sciatic nerve. An individual who suffers from sciatica may also feel weakness, and numbness and/or tingling in their glutes or leg. Thankfully sciatica irritation is very rarely felt bilaterally. Sciatica is most commonly seen in people who are over the age of 30. One thing that not many people understand is the fact that sciatica is only a symptoms, not the cause.

Sciatic is diagnosed by a qualified medical professional such as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Imagining (x-ray, MRI) are sometimes necessary to find the root cause of your sciatica. Rest easy knowing that chiropractic care has been shown extremely helpful when dealing with sciatica. Certain chiropractic treatments such as spinal adjustments and manipulations can improve overall function, and therefore decrease symptoms of sciatica. Prior to self-diagnosis you should visit a medical professional. Your chiropractor at Schilsky Chiropractic may be able to give you immediate relief from your sciatica symptoms.