Sciatica Limits Optimum Athletic Performance— the Causes and Remedy

"Experiencing acute or chronic back pain is not unusual for athletes. While many back injuries result from muscle strain due to rigorous training, some athletes can suffer from sciatica, a condition marked by the inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the thickest and longest nerve in the body, extending all the way from the lower back, through the hip and down to the back of the thigh and the sole of the foot. Sciatica is usually associated with tingling and numbness along the path of the nerve. The pain can be mild or severe. It may increase with coughing, straining, sneezing, sitting, or leaning forward. The athlete experiences muscle weakness, and usually walks with a limp. For any sportsman or athlete, sciatica compromises athletic performance."