Sciatica is a painful condition that involves the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can be isolated to the lower back, or can travel through the hip and buttock all the way down the back of the thigh, into the calf along the path of the nerve. In more severe cases, the affected leg can become weak, or you may notice changes in bowel or bladder function.
What Are Some Causes of Sciatica?
- Disc herniation
- Spinal degeneration
- Piriformis syndrome
- Lumbar spinal canal stenosis
- Sitting on your wallet
Common treatment approaches to sciatica try to suppress the symptoms. Anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, and sometimes antidepressants and seizure medications are used. Steroid injections are also a common option to try to suppress inflammation that surrounds the irritated sciatic nerve.
Natural Relief of Sciatica
The alignment of the atlas is crucial to the proper alignment of the entire length of the spine. Like a chain of dominoes, when the atlas shifts, it causes the other vertebrae in the spine to react as compensation, creating pain, instability, and postural distortions which can put abnormal pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you’re apprehensive about just masking the symptoms of sciatica or have tried a general chiropractic approach and adjustments applied directly to the lower back have not given you relief, the upper cervical approach may be the key to attaining lasting results. If your sciatica is being caused by an atlas misalignment, we are able to customize a plan to restore normal alignment so that the compensations elsewhere in the spine can clear up naturally.
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