Common causes of sciatic pain
- Bulging or ruptured spinal disks that press against the sciatic nerve
- Narrowing of the spinal canal (stenosis)
- Bone spurs (small bony growths along joints due to arthritis)
- Muscle entrapment by buttock muscles
About the sciatic nerve
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The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve supplying the leg. It originates from nerve roots coming out of the spinal cord in the low back. It travels downward underneath and between large buttock muscles where it can become entrapped and inflamed by muscle spasm. The sciatic nerve then passes down the back of each leg to the lower leg and foot.
Symptoms of sciatic nerve pain
- Pain can begin in the low back or buttocks
- Pain can be sharp or dull, constant or intermittent
- Pain can pass down the backside or outside of the leg
- Pain can also occur at the ankle or foot
- Sensations of tingling or numbness are common
- Pain is often made worse by sitting, bending and twisting
- Pain is made worse by carrying weight
How sacral bone position can affect the sciatic nerve
The sacrum is a triangular bone at the base of the spine. The sacral bone is the most important link between the weight-bearing ability of your spine and the weight-bearing ability of your legs. If this bone is not properly positioned, the mechanics of the lumbar spine (where the sciatic nerve forms) are adversely affected. If the sacral bone has been knocked out of position by a fall, or by sleeping position, or by sitting in slumped positions, buttock muscles will shorten or go into spasm. When muscles shorten they change shape, causing the muscle mass to press against the sciatic nerve.
Treatment for sciatic pain
Orthopedic massage can quickly release a stuck or wedged sacral bone by balancing the muscle forces acting upon the bone and the surrounding pelvic ring. Orthopedic massage is very effective when the sciatic nerve is squeezed between gluteal muscles that are in spasm. When sciatic pain is caused by bulging disks, narrowing of the spinal canal, bone spurs or injury to the nerve, it is best to place yourself under the care of an orthopedic physician.
Get Treatment Now for Sciatic Pain
For the past 20 years, Dr. Joan Sloss, Ed.D. LMT, has treated sciatic nerve pain and other problems that can be caused by muscle spasm and connective tissues changes. Joan is joint owner of the Healing Unleashed holistic medical center located in the Spring Hill West Office building in South Lakewood and serving metro Denver and Colorado patients. Joan holds a doctorate in human movement and has over 2000 hours certified training in physiotherapy including certification in medical massage and certification in wellness.
Dr. Joan Sloss will review your pain problem with you by phone to determine whether or not orthopedic massage can help you. Full assessment of the problem and effective treatment take place during your appointment for therapy. Call Healing Unleashed at 303.986.0492 now to make your appointment.