"Sciatica" is a general term for pain in the leg. The cause is due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs in the back of the leg and it is the biggest nerve in the body. It originates from the lumbar nerve roots and when irritated the sciatic nerve can give rise to pain, tingling and aching in the back of the leg as well as a loss of strength in the foot or ankle. Symptoms like pain and tingling can happen anywhere in the course of the sciatic nerve like the gluts, the thigh or the calf and foot.
Both chronic and acute low back pain can be often associated with sciatic pain.
In many patients, sciatica is caused by a disc herniation. However, other cases may be behind the symptoms of sciatica and a detailed and competent chiropractic consultation can assert the nature of the issue and determine the best course of care.
If needed diagnostic imaging like MRI are requested before commencing a course of chiropractic care.