I have sciatic nerve pain and it's giving me pain in my butt and my leg, I've tried everything... what can I do to fix it?
I hear this way too often, so let's look at how it got to this point in the first place...
I see so many people come through the clinic with Sciatic pain that has been poorly managed to the point where it is now an issue that stops them from doing something that they love. They have been told that their issue is because of their sciatic nerve being 'damaged' and that they need to rest to see improvement, but that it will likely be an ongoing issue for them; this should NOT be the case!
SO WHAT IS SCIATIC NERVE PAIN?
Sciatic nerve pain is where the sciatic nerve is being compressed or irritated at some point in the chain, which can cause either pain at the site of irritation, or pain further down the chain. It's not uncommon for someone to come into the clinic with heel pain which turns out to be sciatic nerve pain referred from their back!
SO IF SCIATIC NERVE PAIN IS A SYMPTOM, WHAT IS THE CONDITION CAUSING IT?
The cause could be a whole myriad of things! However the two most common causes of sciatic nerve pain are referral from your back and referral from your glutes, or more specifically - a small muscle under them called your piriformis.
Let's start by discussing what could be causing your sciatic referred pain in your back. It could be a disc, muscle or joint that has had some kind of small injury/strain which is then placing some unusual stress on your sciatic nerve. Now I know what you're thinking, DISC!?! does that mean I'm stuck with it forever?!? The short answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT and the long answer is the same. As with every other structure in the body, discs heal and will become pain free completely when managed appropriately.
And then there's your piriformis, this is an annoying little muscle that sits deep under your glutes and, in some people, the sciatic nerve passes through this! In others it passes next to or splits in half and goes around it! So what does this mean for you? It means that when your piriformis is tight, weak or just playing up in general (more common than you'd think) then it's likely that you may experience the dreaded Piriformis Syndrome, or in simple terms just sciatic referred pain.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP YOU?
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