Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve is irritated and causes symptoms that run down the posterior hip, back of the thigh and may extend into the back of the lower leg. Sciatica can be a serious condition that can limit a patient’s ability to sit, stand, drive and play. If the pressure on the sciatic nerve is not released, permanent nerve damage may occur. Physical therapy can relieve the symptoms of sciatica with massage, stretching, postural corrections and biomechanical recommendations that will reduce the pressure on the nerve. Patients that receive physical therapy care to reduce sciatic nerve irritation are often surprised how much the treatment helps.