The sciatic nerve is a large nerve formed by several small nerve roots from the lower spine and sacral region. There is one sciatic nerve on each side of the body, and it travels from the lower back, through the buttocks, down the back of the legs to just below the knees where it splits into other nerves that go to the feet and toes. Sciatica refers to the pain and other symptoms associated with anything that puts pressure on or irritates the sciatic nerve.  Common causes are a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Older age, excess bodyweight, strenuous jobs, and prolonged sitting are other risk factors.


  • Pain can be anywhere from the lower back down to the foot
  • Dull and achy
  • Sharp and stabbing
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning
  • Weakness in the leg
  • May be worse with standing or sitting


  • Avoid painful positions or activities
  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Steroid injections
  • Laser therapy
  • Acupuncture

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