What is TRUE Sciatica?

Insight into a commonly over-diagnosed dysfunction

Any type of radicular leg pain or complaints of numbness and tingling are frequently diagnosed as sciatica but could involve very different structures such as the spinal column, vertebrae, or disc. One of the true differences is that sciatica is never felt in the back and always starts in the butt. Successful treatments involving true sciatica involve stretching and strengthening of the butt and hip muscles.

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body that is made up of multiple nerve roots from the spinal column. It formally starts in the center of each butt cheek and runs down the back of the thigh and leg and ends in the heel. “Sciatica” is an inflamed, damaged, or strained sciatic nerve. It can create symptoms such as; radiating buttocks, thigh, and leg pain, or numbness and tingling down the leg. Other different diagnoses such as; herniated/bulging disc and spinal stenosis can create similar symptoms but are successfully treated in very different manners.

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