What is it?
What many don’t realise is that sciatica is actually a symptom and not a condition in its own right; it is an umbrella term
for injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve.
Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica.
You may feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it’s especially likely to follow a path from your low back
to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf.
The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort.
Some people also experience numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot.
What Causes It?
There are a number of conditions that can cause sciatica, it’s usually a sign that you have an underlying problem putting
pressure on one of the nerves in your back. Common causes include:
Intervertebral disc prolapse (slipped disc) or an overgrowth of bone (bony spurs), which can pinch or irritate the nerve resulting in leg pain, and in some cases tingling, numbness and weakness. Less common causes of sciatica include spinal stenosis, injury, infection or a growth in the spine.
Sciatic pain tends to come on gradually and intensify over time. Usually at its worst when sitting, coughing or sneezing.
Pain can vary widely from a dull ache, to a burning type pain to exquisite pain that is debilitating.
The aim of Chiropractic and osteopathy treatment is to restore function to the spinal structures which will reduce swelling and inflammation,
and help surrounding muscle tissue to relax.