What Sciatica is and What You can do About it
Overview on Sciatica:
- Sciatica refers to pain down the leg which occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed. The sciatic nerve can be compressed by a herniated disc, a bone spur on the spine, or a narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis). This nerve goes from the low back to the hips, buttock, and down both legs.
- Sciatica typically resolves with conservative treatment in several weeks, but severe cases may take longer or need surgery.
- Signs and symptoms may include pain that can vary from a mild ache to sharp pain, tingling, numbness, burning, and muscle weakness. Symptoms may worsen with prolonged sitting. In most cases it only affects one side of the body.
- Assessing posture and recognizing muscle imbalances or improper body mechanics that may be exacerbating symptoms.
- Relieving pain with manual techniques and modalities such as electric stimulation or low level cold laser therapy.
- Developing a complete plan for core stability and lower extremity strength and flexibility while educating on body awareness, posture, body mechanics, and symptom management at home.
- Providing recommendations for an ergonomic work space.
What You Can Try:
- Sit all the way back in a firm chair, feet flat on the floor, with your ears directly over your shoulders. Use a lumbar roll or a rolled up towel to help maintain the natural curve in your lower back.
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