Sciatica is a term which is used to describe pain in the buttocks, thigh, leg, and/or foot. The pain is usually of a burning, numbing, or stinging nature. There may or may not be any back pain.
Sciatica is usually the result of a herniated or bulging disc that puts pressure (aka: pinched nerve) on one of the delicate nerve roots in the lower back that form the sciatic nerve (branches of L4,L5,S1). Tears inside the disc can also cause chemical leaks which can irritate nerves attached to the disc as well as the sciatic nerve roots. Nerve root pressure can also result from spinal and disc degeneration resulting in stenosis.
So can a chiropractor help sciatica?
YES...sometimes. Actually, most of the time in my experience...especially if the chiropractor has a nonsurgical spinal decompression machine and uses Class IV deep tissue laser.
Unfortunately...most of the time when a patient presents with sciatica, the underlying problem has been around for a long time and the sciatica symptoms are the "red siren" something needs attention.