SCIATIC

The dreaded “Sciatica”, extremely painful at times, always aggravating and frustrating. The information you hear from your friends, doctors, therapists and trainers seems conflicting.  You’ll try exercises for a few days and stretches sometimes but nothing seems to work. You would be surprised to know how often we are asked, “What can you do for Sciatica?” We can actually do a lot, but the real answer to that question is, “what type of sciatica do you have?”

 

Here’s the problem – there are probably 20 different versions of sciatica. If your sciatic nerve is being irritated, due to muscles too tight, too elongated, a direct impact, SI joints, hip joints, low back issues or leg imbalance, regardless of what is causing it, it’s still called sciatica (irritation of the sciatic nerve).

 

So the biggest part of being able to help you, is to properly diagnose what is the cause of the sciatic irritation. It’s usually not one single issue but multiple compounding problems. Think of it as a few smaller problems that add up to a literal pain in the butt! Yes, the glutes, and therefor the sciatic nerve is almost always involved in some fashion with “bursitis, disc issues, hip tendonitis, piriformis syndrome” and any version of sciatic inflammation?   

 

So call it what you want- but this incredibly common, irritating, sometimes debilitating and almost always painful condition is a very common complaint in the office.

 

It is a confusing issue because there are so many issues that are included with this diagnosis.  Look, there are so many ways to irritate the Sciatic Nerve.  This is a thick, long nerve that travels from your lower back, through your glute muscles and into your lower leg.

 

With almost any issue in the low back, hip or glutes, the sciatic nerve will be involved so you need to understand this…THE SCIATIC DIAGNOSIS IS AN ALL INCOMPASING DIAGNOSIS…THERE ARE AT LEAST 20 CONDITIONS AND DIFFERENT VERSIONS CALLED SCIATICA.  At the very basics, there is no ONE treatment that will work for this condition every time. The trick is to getting a thorough and proper diagnosis on this condition to allow for the correct treatment.  

Check out the article on Glutes: Treatment and Explanation of one common, but misunderstood, version of sciatic.