What is Sciatica

Sciatica, a common form of low back and leg pain, is a painful symptom that results from irritation to the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can develop suddenly or can begin slowly, but intensify over time. Unlike a herniated or degenerative disc, sciatica is a symptom of a condition instead of a condition itself.


What Causes Sciatica

The sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body, runs from the lower back down the length of the back of each leg. Sciatica occurs due to pressure on the sciatic nerve. The pressure on the nerve can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the through the buttocks and into the leg. A herniated disc is the most common cause of sciatica. It can also be caused by spinal stenosis – the narrowing of the spine, or other compression or irritation of the nerve root.

Symptoms of Sciatica

The pain, numbness, and weakness you feel in your legs, may actually be caused by your back. Sciatica can be a debilitating disease, impacting daily activities and overall quality of life.

The most common symptoms of sciatica include:

  • low back pain
  • pain that radiates down one leg and foot
  • hip pain
  • numbness and tingling in the feet or leg
  • leg weakness
  • difficulty walking

Sciatica Treatment in Fort Wayne

Sciatica can be treated without pain medications, surgery, epidurals, or other invasive procedures. At Busch Chiropractic in Fort Wayne, our sciatica treatment is safe and pain-free treatment for the relief of conditions that cause sciatic pain. The nonsurgical DRS Protocol® treatment has helped thousands of patients in and around the Fort Wayne area get out of pain without the risks of back surgery and addictive medications. Schedule an appointment with Busch Chiropractic today to find out if you’re a candidate for the DRS Protocol® sciatica treatment.

Think you have sciatica? Learn the top 5 signs you may have sciatica. Then, call us today at (260) 471-4090 or schedule an appointment online.

Sciatica Symptoms & Treatment

Dr. Busch discusses sciatica symptoms and non-surgical treatment in Fort Wayne in this episode of the Medical Minute.

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