Sciatica ( Radiating leg pain ) is the term given to back pain that radiates down the leg and sometimes into the foot. This common pain follows the path of the sciatic nerve, the widest and longest nerve in the human body. The sciatic nerve originates in the spine, passes through some of the buttock muscles, and then travels down the leg, splitting into two different nerves at the knee.

Many people confuse sciatica for disc and back issues; however, it is a muscular issue. Tight muscles of the buttock, hips and legs can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing pain. As a person sits, the sciatic nerve is compressed, creating more pain. Contraction of these muscles, during activities such as standing and climbing stairs, can also cauase pressure and pain of the sciatic nerve.

The good news is that the sciatic responds very well to physical therapy. With manual techniques such as electro stimulation, stretches and stability exercises, pressure on the sciatic nerve can be reduced, eliminating your pain! For more information on Sciatica and the many benefits of physical therapy, contact the Institute of Physical Therapy in Lewiston Idaho today!

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