Pain that radiates from your lower spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica.
The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest (almost finger-width) nerve in the body. It’s actually made up of five nerve roots: two from the lower back region called the lumbar spine and three from the final section of the spine called the sacrum. The five nerve roots come together to form a right and left sciatic nerve. On each side of your body, one sciatic nerve runs through your hips, buttocks and down a leg, ending just below the knee. The sciatic nerve then branches into other nerves, which continue down your leg and into your foot and toes.
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The symptoms of sciatica include:
- Moderate to severe pain in lower back, buttock and down your leg
- Numbness or weakness in your lower back, buttock, leg or feet
- Pain that worsens with movement; loss of movement
- “Pins and needles” feeling in your legs, toes or feet
The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each sciatica patient and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam.