Sciatica is inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord, all the way down the legs and into the toes.
Normally, sciatica affects only one side of the body. Pain often radiates down the buttock or leg and can range from a tingling sensation to a burning, shooting pain that makes standing almost impossible.
A common cause of sciatica is the misalignment of the spinal bones in the low back or pelvis. Bed rest and epidural injections have shown to be significantly unsuccessful with sciatica, in some cases interfering with healing. Chiropractic has been shown to help relieve sciatic nerve pain by realigning the spinal bones through gentle manipulation, thereby taking pressure off of the sciatic nerve.