What is sciatic pain?
The Sciatic nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body. Its roots stem from the lumbar spine (lower back) and branch off throughout the leg. Sciatic pain, or sciatica, is caused with there is some form of impingement occurring of the nerve. Pain is typically intense pain felt down the back of the leg into the calf and even the foot in severe cases. Pain may be augmented by bending forward or by looking down.
There are many forms and causes of sciatica, dependant on where and what is causing the impingement. Sciatic pain is characterized by pain felt in the back of the leg, glute and/or calf. More severe symptoms can extend down the entire leg.
True sciatica is caused by herniation of the lumbar disc, which impinges the nerve at the spinal root level. This will then cause pain from the lower back down either or both legs.
False sciatica is caused by an impingement elsewhere from the spine. This may be a tight muscle, such as the piriformis, constricting the nerve. This is commonly known as Piriformis Syndrome. Typically this is differentiated by the absence of back pain.
Muscle referral is also commonly misdiagnosed as sciatica. There are multiple muscles that have a pain referral pattern that mimics sciatic pain. Often some trigger point therapy and deep tissue work can alleviate these symptoms.
How can I fix my sciatic pain?
All sciatic pain is treatable. Depending on the cause of your symptoms will determine the prognosis of treatment. A Musculoskeletal Therapist is able to help manage and treat your symptoms through a thorough assessment. If you feel as though you have symptoms of sciatica don’t hesitate to call.
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