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Van Til Chiropractic

Sciatica
Written by Rich Van Til, D.C.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is the irritation of the sciatic nerve, which travels from the low back all the way down to your toes. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body and therefore has a number of potential places it can be irritated. Because the nerve is so far reaching, it has many points it can effect as well. The pain you experience can be in the spine, past the hip, down into the buttocks, through the thigh and even down to the toes. People who suffer from sciatica sometimes find it difficult to sit, sleep and some times walk due to the pain these daily activities cause.

How can chiropractic help?

Since the sciatic nerve is so far reaching there can be many areas where the nerve is being affected. Chiropractic evaluates all the pathways of the nerve to see what relief can be given to reduce the inflammation of the nerve, therefore, reducing symptoms of the sciatica.

Why choose Van Til Chiropractic for help?

When a patient comes into our office with suspected sciatica, we have a special time set aside for them to speak with the doctor. Since sciatica can be presented in so many ways, it is important to listen to the patient in order to determine if the sciatic nerve is the cause of what they are experiencing. After a thorough evaluation, we set up a personalised treatment plan for that patient's needs.