Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness produced by an irritation of the nerve roots in the low back that lead to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is formed by the nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord in the lumbar region. It goes down through the buttock, then its branches extend down the back of the leg to the ankle and foot.
Symptoms of sciatica include pain that begins in your back or buttock and moves down your leg and may move into your foot. Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the leg may also occur. Sitting, standing for a long time, and movements that cause the spine to flex may make symptoms worse.
What to expect from therapy
Manual therapy (hands on) techniques employed by a physical therapist can often provide relief of symptoms and promote realignment of tissues and structures that have been affected by abnormal posture and movements.
It is important for any person who has chronic low back pain to have an exercise program guided by professionals who understand the limitations and special needs of back pain and who can address individual health conditions.
Repetition is the key to increasing flexibility, building endurance, and strengthening the specific muscles needed to support and neutralize the spine.
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