The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and most common cause of nerve pain.
The sciatic nerve runs down the back of each leg and typically presents pain in the low back, buttocks and down the leg to the knee.
Sciatica is usually caused by compression and irritation of the sciatic nerve.
Two of the most common reasons for sciatic leg pain are vertebral subluxation complex and tightening of the piriformis muscle. Each can cause severe pain and discomfort down the leg which can result in losing sleep, walking with difficulty, and even painful sitting or standing. The main cause of this is too much pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord.
Most treatment options today use muscle relaxers, pain medication or surgery which usually have poor outcomes. The chiropractic treatment option is one that carefully uses direct and controlled pressure to remove the irritation from spinal structures. These controlled pressures or spinal adjustments are very effective in reducing and eliminating such nerve irritation and its associated pain.
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