Sciatica: What You Need To Know

As many as 40% of people will have sciatica at some point in their life.

There is a misconception when it comes to sciatica. People tend to believe that sciatica is a disorder, however, it is really a symptom of a disorder. Sciatica is usually caused by compression of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica Facts:

  • Sciatica statistics estimate that 5 – 10% of people with low back pain have sciatica.
  • About 20 – 30% of people with acute sciatica have persisting problems after 1-2 years.
  • About 90% of sciatica cases are due to a herniated disc with nerve root compression.
  • The annual prevalence of sciatica due to disc problems is 2.2.%.
  • As many as 40% of people will have sciatica at some point in their life.
  • About 1 – 5% of people can have sciatica per year.
  • Sciatica rarely occurs before the age of 20 unless there is a traumatic event.
  • About 10 – 40% of sciatica cases can develop into chronic pain syndrome.

Most importantly, chiropractic adjustments can successfully treat as many as 72% of people with sciatica. Since sciatica is generally caused by compression of the nerve due to herniated discs or lumbar spine subluxations, chiropractic is a great source of treatment. To learn more about how we can help, click here.

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