Nerves from the lower part of the spine go down below the waist into the pelvic area and the buttocks and legs. Any symptoms below the waist including pain, pins & needles, numbness or tingling are normally due to 'pinched' or 'irritated' nerves in the lower back. The general term for symptoms including pain felt in the leg is sciatica. Because the leg symptoms arise from a problem in the lower back, chiropractors are able to diagnose and then treat the underlying back problem causing the sciatica.
Common problems that cause pinching of the nerve are a slipped or herniated disc, stenosis due to degenerative changes, spondylolisthesis, facet syndrome and many others. The most important thing in resolving sciatica is to accurately diagnose the problem so that it can be treated effectively.
Treatment varies considerably depending on the cause of the sciatica and factors like how long the complaint has persisted, the age of the patient and general health of the patient.
At Exeter Chiropractors we have a wide range of available options in the treatment of sciatica to suit all different types of complaint and patient. If you would like further information then please don't hesitate to get in touch.