Millions of adults suffer from sciatica. The symptoms associated with sciatica range across a
broad spectrum. Some sufferers experience only slight annoyances while others endure
debilitating and radiating leg pain and weakness. Most sciatica sufferers tend to rely on
potent prescription pain medications in order to achieve some semblance of relief. Many of
those medications risk dangerous side effects. Some sciatica sufferers even describe
the pain-relieving benefits of the medications as not being worth the consequences of the
side effects. Imagine someone willingly choosing physical pain rather than cope with the
side effects of relief.
Sciatica presents as uncomfortable symptoms and sensations beginning in the low back and
radiating down the large sciatic nerve in the back of either leg. The radiating sensation that travels
down the leg may be described as a pain, ache, tingling, numbness, or pins and needles-type
feeling. The aptly named condition originated because the pain travels down the large nerve in
the back of the leg called the sciatic nerve.
The cause of sciatica varies from person to person. Many underlying factors contribute to
the presence of sciatic-type symptoms ranging from herniated discs, muscle strains and scar
tissue to inflammation of tissues, bone fractures, and many more. Adults over the age of 55
also experience degenerative changes in the spine, stenosis in the lower back, and other
conditions known to complicate or exacerbate sciatic pain. The causes may vary but the
location and type of discomfort takes on similar patterns.
Research shows that the benefits of a specific Chiropractic adjustment to the low back
resulted in complete resolution of sciatic symptoms in over 55% of the study group
receiving adjustments. Those suffering from low back pain sufferers experienced a five-fold
greater response following an adjustment than those who went untreated.
The science and research will paint a picture of relief and optimism for sciatic sufferers.
Chiropractors continue to pursue the education of all people when it comes to options
available for those seeking a minimally invasive form of health carefree from the harmful
side effects of prescription drugs. Too often medical doctors, neurologists, and orthopedists
withhold transparent options for patients seeking relief. Many people remain unaware that
relief exists outside of drugs and surgery.
Evidence based research and data shows that natural Chiropractic care represents one of
the best noninvasive options available to children, adults, and senior citizens suffering from
any painful condition, including sciatica. Chiropractic offers a primary intervention focused
on a long-term outcome that cannot be found from drugs or surgery – healing and
restoration. Let Chiropractic help create a tomorrow free from pain.
The Spine Journal – 2006
“Chiropractic Manipulation in the Treatment of Acute Back Pain and Sciatica With Disc Protrusion: A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial of Active and Simulated Spinal Manipulations”
Valter Santilli, Ettore Beghi, Stefano Finucci