You Don’t Really Have Sciatica…

Did you know that Sciatica tends to be the most overused “diagnosis” with patients and family doctors?  For years now… the majority of patients that come into my office for low back pain, tell me that they have sciatica.  When in reality, they have absolutely no symptoms of sciatica.  Unfortunately,  most of them tell me that it was their family doctor that gave them this mis-diagnosis. 

Sciatica Pain







What is Sciatica?

The term sciatica can include a number of different resulting conditions all stemming from a root cause… the sciatic nerve.  This is usually caused by chronic irritation of one or more of the spinal nerves L4 – S4. The usual causes are trauma to the inter-vertebral discs associated with the roots of spinal nerves L4 _ S4, but a number of other causes, including improperly administered hypodermic injections into the gluteal muscle, have been documented. Whatever the cause, sciatica is characterized by pain along the course of the sciatic nerve through the hip and down the back of the leg.
Pressure, either chronic or acute, applied to the sciatic nerve’s dorsal and/or ventral roots may result in a number of symptoms in addition to pain.

  • Weakness in the lower leg muscles.
  • Inability of the lower leg muscles to control the ankle and foot can result in impaired gait due to foot drop.
  • Sensory disturbances such as paresthesia (a tingling or “pins and needles” sensation)
  • Hyperesthesia (increased or extreme sensitivity of receptors, particularly touch, temperature, and pain receptors).
  • Severe sciatica can even result in wasting of the muscles of the lower leg.


How Do You Know If You Have It?

You will feel a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling radiating from the lower back and upper buttock down the back of the hamstrings to the back of the calf muscles.  Walking can be almost impossible because every time you extend your leg forward the sciatic nerve becomes stretched and produces immediate pain.  This is where a lot of people come in to my office misdiagnosed.  Their pain will be isolated to the low back only, or the pain travels to the groin or down the front of the leg.


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What Does It Feel Like

• Shooting pain when walking or bending at the waist.

• Sharp stabbing pains when moving the legs in certain positions.

• Pain when lying down, sitting, standing, walking, etc.

• Numbness in the feet and toes.

• Trouble controlling limb, loss of balance.

• Legs collapsing out from under you.


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What Can You Do Sciatica

Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Refrain from normal activity to reduce inflammation. You may want to take over-the-counter pain relievers if you have no allergies to them, including ibuprofen.  Avoid shoes with elevated heels.  Follow the protocol outlined in the Doctor’s Back Pain System™ that I provide.  In most cases, after only a few minutes of specific stretches, you’ll notice immediate relief.  Keep in mind, this relief will be short lived at least until we work on correcting the muscle imbalances that created the problem to begin with.  Doctor’s Back Pain System™ is the key for Cracking The Code For Chronic Pain™.


Yours in health,

Dr Jason Hurst, DC

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Dr Jason Hurst

Dr. Jason Hurst is the Founder and creator of the Doctor's Pain Relief Systems, a natural pain relief treatment to help you eliminate your pain naturally.


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  4. I agree. Sciatica is a tricky diagnosis. Dr. Hurst is right. I have been using the Doctors Pain Relief Treatment and I feel so much better. It’s not that the treatment is advanced, it just works and concentrates on your specific pain. I was in a car wreck and hurt my back. It’s been about 5 years ago. After the first year, I began to experience chronic pain. I’ve been on medications, through therapy and surgery. Today, I’m pain free thanks to Dr. Hurst. You may be made to believe you have Sciatica, but most of you won’t. It’s not worth spending the time, money and effort. If you have back pain, here’s your solution.

  5. Sciatica can be a tricky thing. I’ve suffered from back pain for two decades. I’ve tried about every back treatment known to man. Now, I haven’t tried your pain relief treatment but I’m certainly considering it. It’s nice to come to a website and have trusted information. You’re a great writer and I’m sure others appreciate your efforts.

  6. Great article Dr. Hurst. I’ve been into fitness for years now and I’ve always used exercising for back pain. I see a lot of people that have back pain or sciatica pain. We use several low back exercises to help them relieve that pain. I can see now that it can be quite confusing treating and diagnosing sciatica. Thanks for the educating.

  7. I’m so glad I found this article. I never go to the doctor and I’ve been battling back pain for years. I’ve did my own research and I thought I had Sciatica. Now that I’ve read this, I really don’t what to think. Perhaps it’s not sciatica. I was in a car wreck years ago but I didn’t start hurting until a year later. It’s in my lower back, does run down the back of the leg, just like sciatica. If it’s not sciatica, I have no clue.

  8. Thank you all for the great comments and I’m glad you’ve found this article on Sciatica useful. Sciatica can be tricky to diagnose. Nothing against other doctors, but many are quick to call it Sciatica. With proper testing, you’ll know if you have Sciatica or not.

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  10. I’ve been experiencing lower back pain that runs down my legs and I can feel it in my hips. I don’t feel the burning though that sciatica brings. I’ve been hurting for a few months now and it appears that the pain is getting worse. Could it still be sciatica without the burning?

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  12. Informative article Dr. Hurst. You’re absolutely right. I thought I had sciatica for years and I was actually being treated for it. Come to find out, it was caused by another issue. Just because you hurt down the back of your legs doesn’t mean that it is sciatica. You should get it checked out.

  13. Dr. Elizabeth Cole

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  15. I never knew what sciatica was. I’ve been experiencing lower back pain for about 6 months now, really bad pain for the last month. I went to my doctor but he acted like nothing was wrong. He didn’t even want to test me with a MRI. I have going to doctors for this very reason. Truly do. Anyway, the pain runs down the back of both legs. I found this via Google so this may be what I have. Any thoughts anyone?

  16. Kevin Thomas Parker

    Awesome blog Dr. Hurst!! Sciatica is hard to treat. My pops had thought he had sciatica also, had all the symptoms. His doctor treated for sciatica. Come to find out, it was something else. Some doctors just don’t care. All of them are worried about money.

  17. You make a great point. I thought I had sciatica. I was having the same type of pain, starting in my lower back and running down the back of my legs. Come to find out, it was a herniated disc but not at the sciatica nerve roots.

  18. Thank you all for your comments and I’m glad you were able to find this article informative.

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  20. Dr. Hurst, thanks for a great explanation. I was wondering if you would be interested in an interview for my college class? I know you probably don’t get this and it is a little off topic, but I would be grateful if you could. I will send an email with my contacts. PLEASE???

  21. Thanks for all the comments. I’m glad that most of you were able to find this useful. Please, for any media, radio, television or anything to that nature, please send your enquires to my email. Thanks

  22. Hello everyone. I agree with everyone else. Very informative.

  23. There was an accident at work where I had multiples pelvis and back fractures ..have all those symptoms I feel a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling radiating from the lower back and upper left buttock down the back of the hamstrings to the back of the calf muscles. Walking is very hard, my foot feel like made out of concrete..but only thing I had been told is that I have to pinch nerves on my lower is hard to walk…What do you think?..

  24. Two pinch nerves

  25. Thanks for sharing your article on sciatica. I’ve been trying to find out what is causing my back pain. I get pain in the back of my hips that shoots down the back of my legs. I thought it was sciatica, I’ve researched sciatica pain and it fit. Now, I’m not sure what it can be. Guess I’ll have to go to the doctor to see.

  26. Dr. Hurst, I really enjoy your articles and your website. The content here is on another level, truly informative and helpful.

  27. I’ve always wondered about this since sciatica pain presents itself in the same manner. Thanks for the clear explanation Dr. Jason Hurst.

  28. Thanks for a great informative article. I never knew that sciatica was so hard to diagnose, as it can appear to be other conditions. Great share.

  29. Austin Terrance

    Such a helpful article and website Dr. Hurst. Thanks for the info!!!

  30. Thanks for all the feedback. We’re glad that you find our sciatica article useful. Remember, our back pain treatment works wonder for those that do have sciatica.

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