Overview of Sciatica and how we can help

Sciatica is defined as a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs.  There are 5 pairs of nerves that exit the spine in the lower back that make up what we know as the sciatic nerve. If the vertebrae or bones in the lower back are malaligned; or the disc between the vertebrae are swollen, bulged or herniated, the result is pressure on those nearby nerves. This can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities become almost impossible.  The sciatic nerve can also be entrapped by adhesion at the gluteal (butt) muscles or hamstring musculature; causing irritation and radiating pain from the buttocks down the back of one or both legs.  This is called a peripheral nerve entrapment.

Symptoms of Sciatica

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the buttock or down the leg, worse with sitting
  • Numbness, tingling, burning, pain in back of the leg down to the calf or the sole of the foot
  • Weakness of the leg or foot
  • Difficulty walking
  • Inability to move the foot (in severe cases)

Treatment of Sciatica in our Office

Here at Discover Soft Tissue and Spine we use complete functional movement screenings of the lower back and legs so we can narrow down the exact problem and tissue(s) that need to be fixed.  We also utilize manual soft tissue treatments to help with muscular adhesion and peripheral nerve entrapment that often contribute to and cause sciatic pain.This tends to reduce pain, improve flexibility and function.  Therapeutic exercise is then added to help strengthen the appropriate muscles to help with your recovery.  

If you think you have, or are struggling with sciatic pain call our office at 616-956-1112 or request an appointment by pressing here!