Sciatica usually affects those in their 40s and 50s but can affect people of all ages. Sciatic symptoms include gluteal pain and spasm, sharp lower back pain that extends down the back of either leg. Sciatica is quite painful particularly when standing for long periods of time and should not be taken lightly.
Sciatica is typically caused by a culmination of years of poor posture, excess weight, poor muscle tone, twisting and turning, lifting incorrectly, accidents and falls. These circumstances cause bulging, herniated or ruptured discs between the spinal bones. These in turn place pressure on the sciatic nerve. This pressure produces swelling, inflammation, muscle spasm and pain particularly when coughing or sneezing.
Chiropractic may assist with improving joint movements and managing the pain.
Chiropractic won’t ‘cure’ sciatica but it will help to restore the way your spine works, resulting in a lessening of the symptom. A herniated or bulging disc takes time and good management, in some instances maybe even surgery. (Surgery should be the last consideration)
Strengthening of core stability is important in the management of sciatic and lower back conditions.