Refers to injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve (radiculopathy is the correct diagnostic term). Usually due to a disc herniation that peaks between 30-50 years of age. Males are more commonly affected. One of the most painful spinal conditions impacting 1-5% of the population each year. It is commonly recurrent. Modifiable risk factors include smoking, obesity, occupation and health status.
What are common symptoms?
- Radiating buttock and leg pain with or without low back pain
- Usually follows a dermatomal distribution with the S1 and L5 nerves most commonly affected
- Other symptoms include leg numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness
- Symptoms worse with sitting and bending forward and when coughing/sneezing
What are the current treatments?
- Most people recover from an acute bout of sciatica
- Surgery is an effective treatment in the short-term but no better than conservative treatment in the long term (12 months)
- Epidural injections may provide small, short-term benefit in some patients
- No clear benefit of oral medication
- No known benefit from TENS, ultrasound or traction
- Yoga and swimming recommended
- Multimodal care including self-management, exercises and manual therapy is recommended
How can the Boot Camp Program help people with sciatica?
- The 6-week Boot Camp Program for sciatica is a comprehensive approach, incorporating the best available research
- Combines manual therapy, tailored and directional exercises, and instruction on self-management strategies, using a cognitive-behavioral approach
- Includes postural training with activities of daily living
- Helps reduce disc herniation and nerve compression
Our Treatment Program
The Sciatica Boot Camp Program is a 6-week training program aimed to significantly improve pain and function in the short and long term
Learn On Your Own
Learn to implement the Boot Camp Program by enrolling in our online course. The course consists of educational videos, a step-by-step instructional workbook and implementation guide.
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Enroll and successfully complete a virtual or hands-on in-person certification workshop. Once completed you will be listed on our website as a trained practitioner.