Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, is pain, tingling or numbness typically felt from the lower back or buttock which runs down the back of the thigh, knee, and calf.
Sciatic nerve pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is pushed against or irritated by pressure. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that runs from the spine into the buttock, then into the back of the thigh and leg. Each leg has its’ own sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve controls sensation and function to the leg and foot, so when it is irritated by pressure it causes the referred pain that shoots down the back of the legs. At North Shore Family Chiropractors sciatica treatment is one of our most requested therapies.