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Sciatic pain or Sciatica/low back pain

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.

Other causes of sciatica or sciatic pain are:

  • Pregnancy related: lax ligaments of the pelvis and hypermobile or hypomobile sacro-iliac joints
  • Radicular pain from the lumbar spine discs; disc degeneration; lumbar canal stenosis
  • Sacroiliac syndrome (may account for up to half of all low back pain cases)
  • Other: Reiters syndrome; psoriatic arthritis; ankylosing spondylitis

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.