Sciatica is an irritation of the Sciatic Nerve, pain is felt in the low back, gluteus muscles, and down the leg. The symptoms can be a nuisance all the way to disabling. The causes include herniated disc, piriformis syndrome, sacroilitis or local inflammation.
The average patient that comes into our office with this condition says that it slowly developed. Some say it was immediate after lifting something heavy or awkward. In either case, I have always found the following when I examine them:
The patient suffers from an uneven sacral base putting unequal weight distribution on the right and left side
*Imbalanced muscle structure
*Chronic poor posture
*Wearing a wallet in the back pocket
*Weak abdominal muscles
*Regularly sitting on a soft couch
*Wearing normal flip flops
Except for wearing the wallet in an inappropriate pocket and sitting on a soft couch, all the other causes can be substantially corrected by wearing custom made 3 arch orthotics. My patients who regularly wear their orthotics have far less incidences of low back pain or sciatica along with improvement of their posture.
If you have orthotics from me, don't forget to wear them. If you don't have them, come in for an analysis to see if you have structural imbalances as a result of your feet.