Chiropractic and sciatica seem to go hand in hand today as many patients come to the clinic looking for similar problems. Since sciatica is a back disease and chiropractic tries to better align your spine, it only seems natural that sciatic-type pain should be treated with chiropractic adjustments.
Sciatica is a term used to describe impingement of the nerve (which has five different roots in the lower back spine) that causes pain or other nerve-related symptoms that can spread part or all of the way to the nerve. You can also navigate to this site to look for a chiropractor for sciatica.
The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back across the thighs to the back of the leg and enters the calf muscles that end at the leg. There is a left sciatic nerve as well as the right nerve. Spinal hernias are a common cause of sciatica and pregnancy, while other causes have more to do with muscles.
One muscle disorder that can cause sciatica is what many people refer to as "piriformis syndrome". This is a condition of the piriformis muscle that extends from the lower spine to the femur and helps rotate the hip joint.
Since your sciatic nerve travels through the piriformis muscle, it is believed that injury to that muscle from a fall, arthritis, or a difference in leg length can cause inflammation of the muscle which can affect the nerve and cause associated symptoms.
The number of treatments you will need depends on the severity of your disease and how you respond to treatment. Many sciatic symptoms go away after only a few weeks of treatment, while others take months to fully recover.