The Sciatic nerve runs from the lower back through the hip and then through the Piriformis muscle which is in the buttocks, and down to the top part of the leg also known as the Femur. This nerve can cause a lot of pain down into the legs if there something wrong anywhere in the vicinity. There are three main causes of sciatic pain:
- Piriformis Syndrome - If the Piriformis muscle is spasming or the muscle is weak, that can put pressure on the Sciatic nerve and cause a lot of pain.
- Disk herniation - Also known as a disk bulge, this can be the most severe type of sciatic pain
- Misalignment of the pelvis - The pelvis is made up of three bones, which are the llium, the Sacrum, and the Ischium. When you are walking these bones work in a figure 8 configuration and sometimes on side can get stuck and the then the other side can try and compensate and gets stuck in the other direction. This can put pressure on the surrounding muscles causing lower back pain and sciatic pain.
If you are suffering from this rather painful condition, go see your chiropractor and let them evaluate your condition. They will determine which of the three causes is afflicting you and explain how they will treat you. They may recommend adjustments to align your spine and pelvis, stretching and strengthening exercises, ice and heat, or ultrasound to help alleviate the spasm of the muscles. They may also evaluate your posture and see if they can determine how you can improve how you stand, walk, and sit, which can also have an effect on your spine, pelvis and associated muscles.
Here, Dr. Hans Delfo demonstrates some of his techniques for helping his patients with sciatic pain.