Sciatica: The Myth

Jun6th 2019

According to the dictionary, Sciatica is “pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back, often owing to degeneration of an intervertebral disk.”

Basically, Sciatica is a fancy word for posterior leg pain that is coming from your back. What it is not is a disease or condition that you have to live with. Unfortunately, I have recently interacted with more and more patients who have this misconception about Sciatica and they don’t know that physical therapy can help treat it!

Your sciatic nerve comes from your spinal cord and leaves your pelvis below your piriformis muscle and goes slightly towards the outside of your hip before it goes down the back of your thigh. It is the largest nerve in your body and can be easily aggravated by repetitive movements throughout our daily activities including bending, seating, lifting.

Through physical therapy, you can learn to move better – how to improve your core strength, postural awareness, specific exercises to stretch your legs and hips, and how to decrease neural tension. Most importantly, physical therapy can help alleviate your symptoms and keep you active… something near and dear to Coloradans 😊

Did you know?

A specific technique that multiple people at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy are trained in to help treat Sciatica, including myself, is functional dry needling. This intervention uses a needle to stimulate muscle trigger points, diagnose and treat neuromuscular pain, and movement deficits.

Do you have Sciatica or know someone who does? Want to learn more about dry needling and our other interventions? Come see me at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy in Johnstown today!

-Kelsey Fifield, PT, DPT