Sciatica Lower back pain Listen in to understand
Hi this is Dana Ranahan at Body Works SportsPhysiotherapy in North Vancouver, and today I'm here to talk about sciatica, and I don'tknow if any of you have had pain like this but it can be pretty debilitating. So I'vehad a lot of questions in the about what is ité and how does it happené So basicallyI've printed up a little picture that we can show you that shows about where the nervetravels. Sciatica nerve is a nerve that comes from your back and travels down the leg andbranches off into different parts of the foot. As it's shown in this picture, sometimesyou can get pain referring down there, numbness, tingling, all kinds of different sensationsand sometimes actual weakness. So if there
is compression of the nerve up here in yourlow back, it can create trouble down the whole chain like pain or numbness, but it can alsocreate weakness which is a bigger problem for the nerve. So effectively when the nervecomes out of the low back, down here, the nerve travels down through the buttock, downthe leg and sometimes you can get into trouble where the nerve is coming out where thereis compression or tight muscles of altered mechanics that can drive pain. So one of thethings we need to sort out is what is creating that trouble for youé why is you back tightéSometimes there is tightness in the buttock and the piriformis muscle that can give youthis pain and refer it down and ultimately
sourcing out why this is tight will help usget to the root of the problem and treat it. If we can release the compression and getyou moving better through here, we can take the pressure off the nerve and take away someof that pain referring down the leg and lessen it off and also then get stronger. This isreally how you need to manage it going forward. If you have more questions, please give usa call or check out our website at bodyworks.ca.