What to do about that pain in the butt?

Sciatica is often caused by a disc problem in the lumbar spine and can be the result of many small injuries.

Jan 30, 2012 | Dr. Daniel Vandervoort

What can I do about my sciatica-pain?

No, I am not referring to your boss, I am talking about sciatica-pain that starts in your lower back or buttock and radiates down your leg.

Sciatica or sciatic nerve irritation is a common but painful condition that can be treated effectively by chiropractors. When the nerve roots are inflamed in the lower back there can be pain wherever the nerves go, for example the lower back, hip, legs or feet. A person suffering from sciatica could experience sensations such as burning or pinching along the leg, weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg. Sitting is often very difficult as it increases pressure on the lower back.

Sciatica is often caused by a disc problem in the lumbar spine and can be the result of many small injuries. Factors such as bad posture, excess weight, poor muscle tone and stress can all affect the health of the spinal column and function of the sciatic nerve. All it takes sometimes is a simple bend or awkward twist to trigger an episode of sciatica.

Fortunately chiropractic treatment can be of great help. After identifying the cause of your problem, your chiropractor may use a combination of techniques to treat you including spinal adjustments, exercise and posture corrections. The goal of treatment is to improve the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae which allows the body to heal itself by reducing the nerve irritation. A person can expect treatment to last several weeks but usually one will experience some relief within a few adjustments.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective option in the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica without medication of surgery.