First off, this is hands down the best website I have seen. Completely dedicated to athletes and backed by an accredited team of knowledgable professionals. Thank you for providing One Result. I have been experiencing sciatic nerve pain for over six months. It's a sharp pain that starts in my left glute and runs down my left leg behind my knee and into my calf. It hurts the worst in the morning when I first start moving and throughout the day if I bend over or make a move with my left leg straightened. I have tried rest, ice, heat, anti-inflammatories, etc. Is there a remmedy I haven't suggested? Will this be something that will always linger?
Sciatic nerve pain
I've seen some people practically crippled by it from the pain being so intense, so my rec is to go see a medical professional and get it looked at, especially if it's been six months.
For folks who aren't familiar with it, the two big causes of sciatica are disc problems in your spine or piriformis problems (a glute muscle that the sciatic nerve actually runs through.) Either way, they both can be real headaches to deal with, and both can require things like surgery and complicated injections to completely heal.
@HBTNW - same thing happened to me last fall. I went to the Dr to make sure there were no disc problems (I def rec you do the same) then did physical therapy for 4 or 5 sessions.
What really helped, though, was getting a deep tissue massage every couple of weeks. I also LAX ball roll from the top of my hip down over the glute every day. Then I use a rumble roller over the hamstring and IT band.
Also do a lot of stretching exercises. Ben Bruno had some on his site awhile ago and I'm sure you can find more doing a Google search.
Yeah, it's a lot of work to get rid of the pain, but after doing this for about 6 months I'm pain free.