Sciatic pain describes the sharp, shooting nerve pain down one leg related to irritation of the sciatic nerve. A thorough chiropractic physical examination will identify the general location of the compression (either the low back or the pelvis). A lumbar spine xray may also be requested prior to treatment to try to rule out other causes such as spinal stenosis, tumour and/or spondylolisthesis.
Most commonly, if the pain is only radiating into the buttock, the sacroiliac joints/piriformis muscle are usually the primary cause. This type of presentation responds highly favourably to chiropractic treatment and a full recovery typically only takes 3 – 6 treatments. Niki additionally offers flexion distraction therapy which is a form of stretching using a flexion distraction table. This is especially useful in chronic back pain or small disc bulges in the lower lumbar spine.
Chiropractic management for low back pain is a well-recognised, effective and safe approach to treatment. It focuses on re-aligning the spine, reducing pressure on the nerves/discs and reducing inflammation around the joints, enabling the body to heal itself. Although in some cases, drugs and surgery may be warranted, chiropractic is considered a drug free, non surgical alternative treatment for low back pain.