If so, you’re not alone. In fact, everyday at Cohle Performance Chiropractic we help people in Harrisburg who feel this way.
You see, with Sciatica Pain, everyone asks us the same questions…
- Why does my Sciatica Pain hurt so much? (I don’t even know what I did…)
- Why isn’t this Sciatica Pain going away?
- Am I going to have to live with Sciatica Pain forever?
Mistake #1: Thinking Sciatica Pain will go away with rest.
Mistake #2: Believing that Sciatica Pain will be “fixed” with painkillers.
Mistake #3: Assuming Sciatica Pain is a “normal” part of getting older…
Mistake #4: Believing that since you tried other healthcare professionals (maybe even Chiropractors) in the past means that it won’t work now.
Mistake #5: Relying on “Dr. Google” or YouTube for exercises that didn’t make any difference (or maybe even made your Sciatica Pain worse!)
Mistake #6: Getting relaxing massages to temporary relieve Sciatica Pain, only to find it comes back after the massage wears off.
Have you been making these mistakes?
If any of this has happened to you, we want to say “we are sorry”...but remind you that you’re not alone.
In fact, we see people just like you every day.
And that’s why we’ve created a free Back Pain guide for you. It goes over 5 Quick Easy Ways To End Your Sciatica Without Taking Pills or Injections (and you can click on the button above to download it).
But maybe you feel like you’ve read a lot of free information on the internet, and really just want to talk to someone about your problem.
Is that you?
If so, then we have a special opportunity for you (one that VERY FEW clinics offer).
We save a limited number of spots each week for time for people who are not sure what to do about their Sciatica Pain.
That way, you can tell a professional your story, and get your question answered first, before ever making a commitment to book an appointment.
Here’s the most important thing:
Most people get stuck trying to make a decision about what to do next.
They go days, weeks, months (even years!) without taking action.
The one thing we can guarantee is that by doing nothing, your Sciatica Pain won’t get better.
The sciatic nerve comes from the low back and supplies the leg.
Often, people with sciatica will complain of a nerve-y, tingling feeling down the leg and sometimes even all the way into the foot.
Sometimes patients also complain of back pain with sciatica, but not always!
Sciatica can be caused by several different things:
First, it’s possible there is a disc issue in the low back that is pressing on the nerves and creating an irritation in the sciatic nerve. This patient will
usually have some sort of back pain.
Second, sciatica can be caused by a muscle called the piriformis. This is a pear-shaped muscle right underneath your back pocket! Sometimes this muscle becomes very tight and can irritate the nerve as well. In a minor percentage of the population, the sciatic nerve actually runs THROUGH this muscle! If you have a desk job or sit for a long time throughout the day, it’s likely at some point you’ve had some soreness in this muscle!
Last, the least common cause of sciatica we see is from entrapment in the hamstrings. The sciatic nerve pops out of the hamstrings about mid-way down the back of the leg. Sometimes there are adhesions in this area that can irritate the sciatic nerve and create symptoms.
What Should I Do About Sciatica? Are There Remedies for Sciatica?
Let me start by telling you how we diagnose sciatica! First, we lay the patient face-up on the
table. We keep the affected leg straight and lift it off the table as high as we can before the patient feels
the sciatica symptoms. This indicates there is some sort of nerve tension. So, let me ask you…if we
diagnose and irritate the nerve by stretching the leg, do you think you should stretch the leg to “get rid”
of the sciatica pain?
Hopefully you said no!
Great answer! Too often I see patients who said they’ve been dealing with sciatica for many
months and continue to stretch the hamstrings, low back and piriformis muscles but they haven’t made
1. Lay on your stomach with your hands tucked near your armpits.
Press up to arch your low back, while keeping your hips in contact with the floor. Try 5-7 reps of this, holding for 2
seconds at the top of the range of motion. Sometimes this can help the disc issue in the low
back and relieve tension on the sciatic nerve.
2. Stretch the opposite side!
Instead of trying to stretch the piriformis on the affected side, do a “figure-4” stretch on the opposite side. You’ll be amazed at how the body has been
compensating and overusing the opposite side! In the picture below, I would perform the stretch on the GOOD leg!
3. Avoid painful movements, but don’t REST.
If riding a bike aggravates your sciatica, then you may have to avoid this movement for a while until you can sort this out! But that doesn’t
mean you have to sit at home! My advice is to keep moving, whether that be going for a walk, swimming or throwing frisbee. Just stay active!
4. Work on your core stability.
Things like planks and breathing exercises can create a stronger core, which will take the stress off the sciatic nerve and any injured discs in the low back!
5. If these don’t help, seek treatment!
Rest, pain pills and injections may alleviate the pain for a while but they do NOT seek out the root cause of the pain. If you’re just putting a band-aid over the pain, the sciatica will likely resurface later! Of course our goal is to reduce pain in the short term, but we also want to make sure you don’t miss any more workouts in the future or have to slow down!
A central Pennsylvania native, Dr. Cohle loved athletics from a young age, playing high school and then college sports (volleyball, football, basketball). When he started experiencing sharp pains between his shoulder blades that severely limited his basketball training, he received treatment from a chiropractor and found significant relief.
During his treatment for this injury, Dr. Cohle also found his calling. He knew he was passionate about helping athletes eliminate pain and improve performance. Chiropractic became his path to do this.
While attending Palmer College of Chiropractic, he continued to feed his passion for treating athletes by becoming a member and active participant in Sports Council, traveling to many sporting events around the area, treating athletes.
Dr. Cohle helps people aged 30-55 who are tired of being told to “just rest it” return to their favorite sporting activities, avoid slowing down and maintain their independence.
The information above should not substitute medical advice. When sharp and/or achy pain or nerve pain persists for more than 24-36 hours and is consistently painful, you should immediately consult with a trained medical professional. When managed in a timely manner, neck pain can be addressed and
resolved with the correct applications.