Sciatica Page

Are you having pain in the lower back with sitting, bending, squatting or twisting?
Sciatica could be the cause of your low back pain. Here’s what you need to know:

What are Sciatica Symptoms?

  • Sciatica is characterized by tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots that lead to the sciatic nerve.

Where is the Sciatic nerve?

  • The sciatic exits from the lower back and then extends down the back of the leg to the ankle and foot.

What typically causes a sciatica injury?

  • Bulging disc
  • Nerve root compression (pinched nerve)
  • Poor core stability

What can be done to treat a sciatica injury?

  • Controlling inflammation: This is especially important in the early stages. Reducing pain and inflammation early with decrease the chances of this becoming a more chronic condition that is more difficult to treat.
  • Avoiding painful movements or activities:  Continuing to push through painful symptoms will only make the condition worse and could lead to a more serious situation such as a tear which could require surgery.
  • Get into Physical Therapy: a proper evaluation by a physical therapist will help you restore motion and function. Learning how to correct mechanics and strengthening the surrounding muscles, will minimize painful symptoms. Physical therapy will be able to provide treatments such as joint mobilization, myofascial release, and soft tissue mobility to allow for more rapid return to function.It is important to not wait. Request an appointment with a physical therapist early so that symptoms do not get out of control. The longer the symptoms last, the more difficult they are to heal. More and more people are getting benefits from physical therapy over medication and injections.

Proper nutrition and natural supplementation

  • Avoiding foods that have high glucose levels can help control pain.
  • Natural anti-inflammatory herbs and spices are preferred over prescribed NSAIDs. Turmeric is a great example of this.

This problem requires

  • Relieving pressure off the compressed and irritated nerves by strengthening the correct muscles and improving flexibility. This allows the back to move without irritating the inflamed nerve and lets back begin to heal.

Follow these simple instructions now to get a jumpstart on faster healing:

  1. Do not sit >30min
  2. Increase your hip flexor mobility
  3. Request an appointment with a physical therapist early so that symptoms do not get out of control.