The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the human body. It extends from the lower spine down the buttocks to the back of each leg and to the feet. This nerve carries signals for pain and motor control of the back of the thighs, calves and feet. The symptoms of sciatic nerve injury or impingement include numbness, burning and pain, which may radiate from the lower back down to the feet. Since the sciatic nerve is connected directly to the spinal cord via the lower lumbar nerve roots, these interruptions often occur at or near the nerve roots. If a disc ruptures due to a car accident or other injury, its inner gel can seep out and push against the sciatic nerve. This pressure can cut off or alter neural signals until some form of disc treatment corrects the disc herniation or bulge.
Here at our Boca Raton chiropractic clinic, we provide gentle, manual adjustments for sciatic pain using the Cox technique. This technique allows our chiropractors to apply just enough pressure to properly realign the spine. Often, patients experience some level of pain relief after the first adjustment, but often a series of adjustments are needed for optimal patient outcome.