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Sciatica pain in hamstring area how do I stop this

Question: Sciatica pain in hamstring area how do I stop this

Pain from hip and sciatica pain in to hamstring area on up hill sections of run or if I over stride how do I sort problem had 6 weeks off no change


Hi David,
This advice from Claudia in our Facebook group:

'Massage, muscular therapy, physical therapy... And of course before that check to see that is indeed the problem by checking the client, ROM, figure out how the injury or pain occurred, how long the person has it, does it get worse/better w...ith certain movements? And then you can put a therapy plan in place, which not only includes above, but would most definitely involve the client to be involved in their own exercise & stretching & well being programme outside of the therapy. '


And this from Duncan:

'Sciatica, is actually pain associated with a tight illiotibital band (ITB) and the pain occurs anywhere from lower-back through the outer quadriceps toward the knee. Regular stretching of the ITB is almost the only way to stop this pain occuring. '

I hope these help - best wishes for a speedy recovery and welcome to SIB,


From Sussi:

' I ditto Claudia, as a remedial massage therapist, a lot of this type of pain can come from active trigger points in other areas, and are seldom signs of true sciatica'


In addition to stretching the ITB, trigger point therapy and massage of the lower back and hamstring areas should help. Lower-back strengthening exercises should also help.

However, you need to be sure that it IS, in fact, simply sciatica from strain and/or overuse, and not some other cause. I once had an athlete who seemingly suffered from on-going sciatica and massage/trigger point therapy seem to do the trick for a couple of days, after which he could perform. But then the pain comes back a few days later. It was a prolonged on-again, off-again "romance".

Finally, he checked himself in to a specialist and discovered that he had a slipped disc, which was impinging on his spinal cord. The doctor said that he was lucky to discover it early. Left untreated, it could have had worse consequences.

After surgery, the problem did not recur again. BUT that was him. You are you. Your situation may be different.

Best thing to do is to seek professional advice/help.


Definitely seek professional advice. I struggled with this pain for over 4 years - piriformis syndrome. I did all sorts of physio, exercises to improve gluteal stability muscles and discovered a host of alignment issues along the way. I finally beat the pain by doing Intramuscular Stimulation treatment in conjunction with hot yoga to improve my alignment and posture issues.