80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is considered as the second most common reason for visits to the chiropractor office. Unlike the thoracic spine, the low back is very unstable in order to allow us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury. Low back pain could happen due to many different reasons, it could be stress, strained muscles, ruptured disks, triggered points or inflamed joints. When any of these previously mentioned reasons happen your muscles become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points causing that unbearable pain. Research has shown that Chiropractic treatment is the most effective treatment when it comes to lower back pain especially on the long-term outcomes than any other treatments. Chiropractic treatment simply adjusts the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis in order to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints.
Sciatica describes persistent pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down through the buttock, and into the lower leg and foot. The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body. It controls the muscles of the lower leg and provides sensation to the thighs, legs and the soles of the feet
Most often, it tends to develop as a result of general wear and tear on the structures of the lower spine, not necessarily as a result of an injury but can be caused by lifting, bending, coughing, falling or motor vehicle accidents (or any trauma). Numerous patients have no idea what caused their sciatica. The pathophysiology of sciatica can be found in the lower lumbar spine; this is where we find the discs.
The most common causes of Sciatica include:
- disc herniation
- lumbar facet dysfunction
For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the sciatica pain might be infrequent and irritating but has the potential to get worse.
Chiropractor helps to restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation.