Sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica, is a pain response that generates from the lower back and often runs down one or both legs. It is commonly assumed that sciatic nerve pain is a sign of problems with the sciatic nerve itself, but this might not always be true.

The sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the human body, and consists of numerous individual nerve roots that branch off of the spine and across the lower back. But it is located toward the bottom of the spine, not the top, and that could be where the real challenges exist.

The human spine is built like links in a chain, where vertebrae, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves all align to communicate to all of the body’s other systems. At the top of that spine, often called the C-1 vertebrae, we have the atlas. If the atlas is even slightly misaligned, communication throughout the nervous system and all the body’s other systems may be impaired. That’s why Pinnacle specializes in upper cervical chiropractic adjustments that encourage those top vertebrae to realign properly. So if you’re looking for a chiropractor in Wilmington, you’ve found the best place for non-invasive, continued chiropractic care.