Sciatica Diagnosis & Treatment
Relief for acute sciatic pain. Therapy for long term health.
What is Sciatica?
Have you ever stepped out of bed in the morning and had intense pain radiating down your leg? Or had lower back pain that won’t let up? These are symptoms of a condition called sciatica, and it can seriously diminish the quality of your life. Even if you feel the pain in your leg, the issue is normally in your spine. The pain can come and go, but there’s no reason to live with it if it disrupts your life.
Your sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in your body. It starts in the spine of your lower back where it is made up of smaller roots that branch out and then converge to make the sciatic nerve. The size and complexity of this nerve means that nerve pain can have several causes. “Sciatica” isn’t a diagnosis but rather a symptom of an underlying condition.
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Sciatica is caused most often by pressure on the sciatic nerve either from a herniated disc or tightness in the piriformis muscle, causing pain to radiate from your back down to your leg. Causes include:
- Disc Herniation
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Spinal Stenosis
- Shooting pain the back of the leg and/or lower back
- Numbness or tingling in your legs
- Trouble moving or staying active
- Stiffness in your feet
- Pain during the night
- Nagging pain after sitting or standing for a long time
Treating sciatica involves two steps. The first step is to give immediate relief to any pain interfering with your normal range of motion. This pain relief is accomplished with pain management therapies depending on the root cause of your sciatica, and may include:
Once the cause of your sciatica has been determined, we’ll work with you to identify any structural issues in your spine that may have contributed to your sciatica, and offer rehab and exercise coaching to help you resume normal function and maintain a pain free life.