Sciatica (Lower Back Pain) What is sciatica? Sciatica is lower back pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed and irritated. It can also cause discomfort in the buttocks, and legs. What are the symptoms of sciatica? Symptoms include numbness in the feet and legs, stabbing pain when walking or in an upright position, aching pain when sitting for an extended period of time, and a tingling or burning sensation in the legs. How do we treat sciatica? We identify the way you sit, stand, and move your body to figure out how your body is compensating for this injury and which parts of your body are under additional stress. Once we get down to the root cause of the condition, we strengthen and stretch out your body using various exercises and techniques that are designed to make you feel more agile and comfortable.