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What is Sciatic Nerve Compression?

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If you have ever experienced lower back pain, hip pain, or shooting pain down your legs, then you may be experiencing sciatic nerve compression. This condition is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve and can cause a variety of symptoms including numbness, burning sensations in the leg, tingling sensations throughout the lower body, and weakness in the muscles. It’s important to understand what causes sciatic pain and the treatment options.

The Cause of Sciatic Nerve Compression

There are several potential causes of sciatic nerve compression. The most common cause is a herniated disc in the lumbar spine that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. Other potential causes include spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine), bone spurs (abnormal growths on bones), pregnancy-related changes, and muscle imbalances that lead to poor posture.

Treatment Options for Sciatic Nerve Compression

Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for people who suffer from sciatic nerve compression. Non-invasive treatments such as physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this condition by helping to restore balance to the spine and addressing any underlying muscle imbalances that may be contributing to poor posture. In addition, certain exercises can be helpful in reducing pain and improving mobility. Surgery may also be recommended if conservative treatments do not provide relief from symptoms or if there is severe nerve damage present due to a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.

In addition to physical treatments, lifestyle modifications such as proper nutrition and regular exercise can also help reduce symptoms associated with sciatica by strengthening core muscles and providing support for your spine. Finally, stress management techniques such as yoga or meditation can help reduce stress levels which can exacerbate pain related to sciatica. 


Sciatic nerve compression is a condition that affects many people at some point in their lives; however, it can be managed with proper treatment and lifestyle modifications. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with this condition it is important to speak with your healthcare provider so they can evaluate your condition and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. With a combination of non-invasive treatments such as physiotherapy or chiropractic care along with lifestyle modifications such as proper nutrition and exercise you will be able to manage your symptoms more effectively and get back on track toward feeling better again!

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Dr. Tyler Baron, BASc, DC

Chiropractor, Clinic Director
Dr. Tyler Baron is a Chiropractic Doctor at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Baron takes a functional approach to care, utilizing his background in kinesiology, and advanced knowledge of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), and Athletic Movement Assessment (AMA). He has also received certifications in advanced manual techniques including Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and Active Release Therapy (ART).

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