What You Need to Know About Sciatica


Sciatica is leg pain, numbness, or tingling, that originates in your low back. And wow, can it hurt! The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It is made up of individual branches or nerve roots in your lower back that combine to form the sciatic nerve, which then travels down into your legs. Increased leg pain when sitting, weakness in your leg/foot, and sharp pain that makes it difficult to walk are some of the common symptoms people experience when the sciatic nerve is pinched or irritated.

Did you know that sciatica often resolves without having to resort to risky medications or a dangerous surgery? Research has shown that 89% of patients suffering from sciatica responded very well to chiropractic adjustments. Medications or injections are no longer a first-line treatment due to their risks and limited effectiveness. Also, if you’ve thought about therapy that doesn’t include spinal mobilization, here is something to consider: a recent paper found 20% more patients experienced relief with spinal adjustments than exercise alone.

  • Nerve roots in your low back combine to form the sciatic nerve
  • The sciatic nerve travels from your lower back down into your buttocks, legs, and feet
  • Research shows over 89% of patients with sciatica respond well to chiropractic care, so schedule your next appointment with us at DeCarlo Chiropractic!