Sciatic pain is a sharp, shooting pain or numbness that starts from your lower back and branches down into your hips, buttocks and down each leg. Usually it only affects one side of your body but can affect both sides at the same time. So, what is the confusion?
The confusion about sciatic pain is that most doctors don’t always know the cause.
If you do a Google search, you’ll find that the most commonly accepted cause of sciatic pain is a herniated disc or bone spur on the lumbar spine that compresses part of the nerve.
Although your sciatic pain can be severe, many times the pain associated with a herniated disc or bone spur (compressing the nerve) can be resolved using conservative interventions such as anti-inflamatories and bed rest.
When conservative therapy fails, your doctor might then recommend surgery to decompress the affected nerve. But sometimes this type of surgery fails and your sciatic pain returns.
In my experience, I’ve found that when anti-inflamatories, bed rest and surgery don’t work, the reason is because the sciatic pain was merely a symptom of something else going on. In other words, the actual cause of the sciatic pain wasn’t found or treated.
In the last two decades, attention has been shifted towards looking at body mechanics (how the body moves) to uncover the cause of sciatic pain. What they have found is that an anterior rotation of your hip bones can compress your sciatic nerve much like a bone spur in the spinal cord.
If your hip bones are anteriorly (forwardly) rotated, this can be reversed by rotating them posteriorly, which will immediately decompress your sciatic nerve and alleviate your pain.
In some areas of the world, decreasing the anterior hip rotation is commonly accomplished by using corset-like devices worn around the hips. While uncomfortable, this is certainly a safer approach than surgery.
But the question still remains – Why are the hips rotated anteriorly?
The Confusion About Sciatic Pain Lies In Its’ Cause
I have found that a common cause of anterior hip rotation is due to having an abnormal foot structure – the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. These two common inherited foot structures cause bad posture throughout your entire body, which includes a forward hip rotation.
The way to correct this anterior hip rotation is by correcting the signals that are sent from your abnormal feet to your brain. Doing so, your brain will automatically adjust your posture, which includes rotating your hips back into their anatomically correct position. The method I use to make this correction is called Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy.
Sciatic pain is a debilitating problem, but it can be solved. The confusion about sciatic pain is removed when you know what’s causing it. And when the correct cause has been identified, it’s much easier to find the most effective way to treat it.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page by clicking here.
If you would like to contact Professor/Dr. Rothbart regarding an appointment to resolve your chronic muscle and joint pain, click here. http://curingchronicpain.com/schedule-an-initial-phone-consultation
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain