Sciatica refers to pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. It’s very important to have a full neurological examination and x-rays (if clinically justified) to determine the exact cause of the sciatic nerve pain.
Sciatica refers to pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. If you think you may be suffering from sciatica, it’s very important to have a full neurological examination and x-rays (if clinically justified) to determine the exact cause of the sciatic nerve pain.
Here, we go into the common symptoms and causes as well as potential treatment for sciatica. But, if you’re suffering, why not get in touch for a free consultation? We also provide treatment for a whole host of pain including those caused by sports injuries.
One of the biggest in the body, the sciatic nerve runs from the lower part of the spine, through the buttock muscles and down the back of the leg to the sole of the foot. Sciatica is where the nerve is trapped by something in the low back or further down in the buttock. It can also be caused by pressure on the nerve root from a disc in the lower back as a result of:
- Poor posture
- Sedentary positions
This wears the discs causing them to bulge or, in more serious cases, prolapse (slipped disc) and herniated discs. The disc then presses on the sciatic nerve and can be extremely painful and debilitating. As the sciatic nerve passes through the buttock muscle (piriformis muscle), this can become inflamed and put pressure on the sciatic nerve.
After a thorough medical examination, the cause of the pain will be determined and we will diagnose the problem. Following this, a treatment plan will be confirmed and techniques will be highlighted to reduce pain.