Sciatica is the most common nerve injury of the lumbar spine. It occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed and irritated. The irritation of the nerve often originates at the nerve root in the low back and commonly coincides with disc injuries, but may also occur lower down in the pelvis or buttock.

Symptoms of sciatica include:

  • Low back pain
  • Radiating leg pain
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty walking

Symptoms of sciatica often improve over time with activity modification, avoiding aggravating factors, and with core and hip strengthening exercises. Dry needling, soft tissue work, and manual therapy can help manage the symptoms during the healing process.

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