If you saw our first report about sciatica, you learned that there are multiple reasons that someone has pain radiating down the leg. In Part 2, we are going to discuss three other possibilities for the cause of your sciatica.
Personal trainers are always trying to treat all forms of sciatica the same way. And while this does work sometimes, it won’t work for everyone. Sciatica is used to describe a condition where pain is shooting down the leg. I’ve had it before and know it’s not much fun to deal with. The sciatic nerve passes through the hip and there are many reasons the nerve gets irritated. Last time I talked about a herniated disk, spinal stenosis, and spondylolesthesis. They all can cause sciatica, but today, let’s talk about a few other possibilities.
Tumors/Cancer – Tumors can develop and cause sciatic pain as well. As the mass develops it can press on structures in the area and create compression. I have to admit that I’ve never had a client that has suffered from a tumor in the spine, it is still possible (as this x-ray demonstrates). Treatment for this condition will obviously come from the physician. This isn’t something that exercise will directly effect. Situations like this create nerve compression, and I can imagine a substantial amount of pain.
Dealing with sciatica isn’t always easy and every case should be treated individually. There isn’t a program that fixes all forms of sciatica. If you meet with a fitness professional/personal trainer and tell them you have sciatica, they should have enough wisdom to ask you the cause of your sciatica (or at least run you through a couple of tests to understand more about the cause of your symptoms). Sciatica is not the condition, it is the symptom of the problem.
If you are suffering from sciatica and need help with a well structured fitness program, schedule a complimentary consultation with us. We will be glad to design an individualized program that will do more than just give you a temporary fix. If we find that we should not treat you, we will refer you to someone who can help you.
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