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What Is Sciatica?

Sciatica simply means pain, numbness, or tingling that travels from your buttock down your leg. People may have pain that goes just to the knee or that travels all the way down into the foot. Depending on the case people may experience excruciating pain or just a dull ache.

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What Causes the Sciatica?

This can be caused by a number of different conditions including:

  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Functional Muscle Imbalances
  • Herniated Disc
  • And a Variety of Other Uncommon Conditions

Most commonly sciatica is caused by a combination of functional imbalances. The sciatic nerve has to move and slide in between the small muscles of the pelvis and the muscles of the lower leg when we move and walk. What tends to happen is that as we develop scar tissue the nerve gets squashed underneath the large muscles of the hip and this does not allow the nerve to slide properly and every time we move we tug and irritate that nerve causing pain.

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