Sciatica is the term to describe inflammation of the Sciatic Nerve. The Sciatic nerve is the large nerve that comes from your low back (Lumbar Spine), travels through your gluteus muscles, down the back of your leg to your feet. Pain in those areas is commonly referred to as “Sciatica”.
The typical Sciatic pain that comes from your low back (Lumbar Spine), travels through your gluteus muscles, down the back of your leg to your feet.
Swelling or pressure on the sciatic nerve can be caused by swelling in the Lumbar spine, bulging or herniated lumbar discs or a muscle spasm in the gluteus or hip muscles that put pressure on the nerve. When the cause is a muscle spasm, there typically is only leg pain and no low back pain. When the cause is from the Lumbar spine, there is typically low back pain combined with leg pain.
Proper evaluation and diagnosis must be done prior to treatment. The treatment will be different depending on the cause. If the cause is only muscle spasm, it is quickly resolved with a combination of soft tissue techniques. If the spine is involved, we restore spinal joint alignment and function, treat the disc if necessary and treat the surrounding soft tissues. More complex cases can take 6-8 weeks, which is a normal healing time for sciatic issues.