Sciatica occurs when a person sustains an impingement to the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is characterized by pain that starts in the lower back and radiates down the back of a leg. Sciatica can appear rather quickly and either disappear just as quickly or hang on for days or weeks. The affected leg may feel weak, tingly, or cramped.
There are several ways that general practitioners treat sciatica. The first line of defense is often symptom-relieving medication. Doctors may also recommend physical therapy for stretching exercises. Sometimes doctors order scans, steroid shots, or surgery.
At TLC, we see the treatment of sciatica as straight-forward: take the pressure off the nerve. We recommend stretches and exercises to reinforce the adjustments made to the lumbar spine.