The sciatic nerves are the largest nerve in the body. Pain can travel anywhere from the middle of the low back into the buttocks, down the back of the leg, and even to the ankle. Pain increases when arising from a seated position making it very difficult or even impossible to straighten up. Leg pain may be present with or without back pain.
Conservative treatment of sciatica utilizing chiropractic adjustments is highly effective in reducing sciatic nerve inflammation and pain. Taking medications may make the overall problem worse by masking your body’s natural defense mechanism. Your body is sending pain signals to your brain in order to prevent you from moving certain ways that could potentially further injure the back.