• Dr. Melody Medley-Keith

Sciatic Nerve Pain: Physical Therapy Can Help

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is nerve pain from an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve, which originates in your buttock/gluteal area. The sciatic nerve is the longest and thickest (almost finger-width) nerve in the body. It’s actually made up of five nerve roots: two from the lower back region called the lumbar spine and three from the final section of the spine called the sacrum. The five nerve roots come together to form a right and left sciatic nerve. On each side of your body, one sciatic nerve runs through your hips, buttocks and down the back side a leg, ending just below the knee.




How common is sciatica?

Sciatica is a very common complaint. About 40% of people in the U.S. experience sciatica sometime during their life. Back pain is the third most common reason people visit their healthcare provider. Physical Therapy can help with sciatic issues and help get your life back. We get you strong, teach you proper lifting techniques and help you understand the lifestyle changes that need to be made to help with your back pain.

Call Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy today (512) 261-0620. Lakeway, Texas

What are the risk factors for sciatica?

You are at greater risk of sciatica if you:

  • Have an injury/previous injury:

  • Are overweight:

  • Lack a strong core:

  • Have an active, physical job:

  • Lack proper posture or proper lifting techniques:

  • Have diabetes:

  • Have osteoarthritis:

  • Lead an inactive lifestyle:

  • Smoke:

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