The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body and runs from the lower lumbar spine travelling in the posterior part of each leg and runs into the foot to the toes. Many people describe sciatic pain anywhere down the back of their leg from the buttock, to hamstrings, calves and into the foot. The length of the nerve lends itself to the possibility of compression anywhere along the course of the nerve. Osteopathic treatment involves using gentle soft tissue and mobilization techniques to release the sites of compression.
When a conservative approach to treating this condition is unsuccessful, a more serious cause of the symptoms must be considered. In these cases, a referral for radiographic imaging may be necessary ensuring that the patient be provided the most optimal course of action.