Suffering from sciatica pain can be a debilitating experience, affecting your quality of life and daily activities. 

At Innovative Therapy PC, we strive to help individuals understand, manage, and overcome this condition. 

Our team of expert pain management therapists specializes in diagnosing and treating sciatica effectively. 

This comprehensive Sciatica Pain guide offers detailed insights into the nature of sciatica – its causes, symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. 

It also addresses frequently asked questions to help you gain clarity and take control of your health. 

Read on and learn how, with the right treatment and lifestyle modifications, you can navigate the journey towards a pain-free life.


What is Sciatica?


Sciatica is a term describing symptoms of pain, numbness, and potentially weakness, originating from the lower back, traveling down through the buttock and a long the path of the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. 

It’s a common condition that many people experience in their lifetime, causing discomfort and sometimes significant pain.

The name “sciatica” comes from the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the human body, which runs from each side of the lower spine through deep in the buttock into the back of the thigh and all the way down to the foot.

At Innovative Therapy PC, our experienced pain management specialists have been helping individuals with sciatica improve their quality of life for years.

With personalized and holistic treatment plans, we strive to bring about the best possible outcomes for our patients.


Types of Sciatica

Sciatica usually falls into two categories based on the duration of its symptoms:

Acute sciatica lasts up to six weeks, while Chronic sciatica persists for 12 weeks or longer, even after the initial cause of the sciatic nerve damage has been addressed.

Irrespective of the duration of your symptoms, at Innovative Therapy PC, we have the resources and expertise to help you manage your condition effectively.


How Common is Sciatica?

Sciatica is more common than you might think, with up to 40% of people experiencing it at some point in their lives.

It’s a leading cause of chronic disability worldwide.

But you’re not alone, and with proper treatment, sciatica can often be managed effectively and in some cases even resolved.  


Symptoms and Causes



What are the Symptoms of Sciatica?

While symptoms can vary, sciatica typically manifests as pain radiating along the path of the sciatic nerve – starting from the lower back, down the hip, buttock, and the back of one or less commonly both legs.

Other common symptoms include a tingling sensation, numbness, muscular weakness, and difficulty in moving or controlling the affected leg.


What Causes Sciatica?

The root cause of sciatica is often a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis), which compresses part of the nerve. 

It is also caused by muscle spasms in the muscles in the buttocks – specifically the piriformis muscle.  This pressure causes inflammation, pain, and often some numbness in the affected leg.

At Innovative Therapy PC, we’re not just focused on managing your symptoms but also finding and addressing the root cause of your pain. By doing this, we can ensure more effective and long-term relief.


Risk Factors for Sciatica

Certain factors increase the risk of developing sciatica, including age (it’s more common in older adults due to age-related changes in the spine), obesity, occupation (jobs that require heavy lifting or long periods of sitting may increase the risk), and even unmanaged diabetes, which can affect the way your body uses blood sugar and increases the risk of nerve damage.


Complications of Sciatica

While for most people, sciatica usually improves with time and treatment, in some cases, it can lead to complications, such as permanent nerve damage. Some people may experience incontinence, loss of feeling or movement in the affected leg, or issues with bowel and bladder control.


Diagnosis and Tests



How is Sciatica Diagnosed?

Our approach to diagnosing sciatica at Innovative Therapy PC is comprehensive.

We start with a detailed discussion of your symptoms and medical history, followed by a physical examination.

This examination often includes tests to check your muscle strength, reflexes, and to see if certain activities increase your symptoms.


Management and Treatment

Once we have diagnosed your sciatica and identified its root cause, we can design a customized treatment plan that best suits your condition and lifestyle.

Our aim is not only to alleviate your immediate symptoms but also to equip you with the tools and knowledge which frequently resolves the pain but if it can’t be resolved we teach you to manage the condition long term.


Sciatic Nerve Exercises

Exercise is a crucial component of sciatica treatment.

Our propriatary system balances your body, helps to strengthen the muscles that support your back, improve your flexibility, promote good posture, and improve your overall spine health.

At Innovative Therapy PC, our physical therapists will guide you through specific exercises such as:

  • The BODi Power System ™ our proprietary system which tests your movements to pinpoint the imbalances and then reveals the best way to correct the movements.   
  • Reclining Pigeon Pose: A popular yoga pose that opens the hips and can help to alleviate sciatica pain.
  • Sitting Pigeon Pose: A variation of the Pigeon Pose that helps stretch the lower back.
  • Forward Pigeon Pose: This pose can help with lower back pain and tight hips.
  • Knee to Opposite Shoulder: A simple but effective stretch to loosen the piriformis muscle, which can become inflamed and irritate the sciatic nerve.
  • Standing Hamstring Stretch: Stretching the hamstrings can relieve stress on the lower back, alleviating sciatica pain.


Conservative Treatments

Along with exercise, we often recommend conservative treatments such as hot/cold therapy, natural plant-based cellular support, and specific manual therapy. 

These treatments can help to manage pain and reduce inflammation around the sciatic nerve.


Possible Complications or Side Effects of Treatment

Like all treatments, those for sciatica also carry potential risks and side effects. These might include muscle soreness, a temporary pain in a new location or mild bruising.  However, rest assured, at Innovative Therapy PC, we take all necessary precautions to minimize such risks.


How Soon After Treatment Will I Feel Better?

The timeline for recovery varies depending on the severity of your sciatica and the chosen treatment method. Some people might find immediate relief after a treatment session, while others might see gradual improvement over weeks or months. We provide you with a clear recovery plan and are always available for any follow-up questions or concerns.


Prevention for Sciatica


Preventing sciatica involves maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, ensuring good posture, and using proper lifting techniques. Regular check-ups with us can also help in identifying and addressing any potential issues early, before they can lead to sciatica.


Outlook / Prognosis


What Can I Expect If I Have Sciatica?

With the right treatment plan, most people with sciatica experience significant improvement in their symptoms some will experience complete resolution of the pain. However, chronic or recurrent sciatica is possible. Regular follow-ups with us can help manage and control your symptoms effectively.


How Long Does Sciatica Last?

Acute sciatica often resolves within four to six weeks with appropriate treatment. However, chronic sciatica may last for 12 weeks or more, and require a more long-term treatment plan.


When Can I Go Back to Work?

This depends on the severity of your symptoms and the nature of your job. Many people can return to work within a few days to a few weeks. However, those with jobs that involve heavy lifting or twisting may need to wait longer or modify their job duties.


What’s the Outlook for This Condition?

The outlook for sciatica is generally positive. While it may take time, most people recover with conservative treatments, exercises, and lifestyle modifications.


Living With Sciatica


When Should I See My Healthcare Provider, or When Should I Seek Care?

If your symptoms persist for more than a week, severely limit your daily activities, or you experience sudden, severe pain in your lower back or leg and numbness or muscle weakness in your leg, you should contact us immediately.


When Should I Go to the Emergency Room?

While it’s rare, seek immediate medical attention if you have sudden, severe pain in your low back or leg and numbness or muscle weakness, or if you experience loss of bladder or bowel control.


Frequently Asked Questions About Sciatica Pain Guide

In our years of treating sciatica, we have noticed several recurring questions. Let’s try to answer some of them here.


How Do I Get My Sciatic Nerve to Stop Hurting?

In addition to the treatment plan we provide, simple things like cold packs, hot packs, stretching, organic plant based cellular nutrition, and avoiding long periods of sitting can help alleviate sciatic nerve pain.


What Are Red Flags for Sciatica?

Red flags for sciatica include severe pain in the lower back or leg, muscle weakness, numbness, and difficulty controlling bladder or bowel function.


What Are the 4 Types of Sciatica?

The four types of sciatica are Acute sciatica, Chronic sciatica, Bilateral sciatica (affecting both legs), and Alternating sciatica (affects either leg at different times).


What Is the Most Effective Painkiller for Sciatica?

Over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen can be effective for mild to moderate sciatica. For severe pain, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a skilled professional.  


What is Recommended for Sciatica Pain?

We recommend a combination of exercises, lifestyle modifications, and conservative treatments.  In rare cases we refer individuals for injections and surgical consultations.


What Pain Do You Get With Sciatica?

With sciatica, you typically get a sharp, shooting pain that travels from your lower back, down through your hip and buttock, and down one leg.



Sciatica can be a painful and debilitating condition, but with the right treatment, it can be effectively managed.

At Innovative Therapy PC, our experienced pain management specialists are dedicated to helping you navigate your journey towards recovery.

If you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica, contact us at (214) 225-8530 or email to schedule an appointment today.

We’re here to help you return to a pain-free, active life.