What is Sciatica
Sciatica is one of the most common complaints from people visiting Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. However, Sciatica is not a condition in and of itself. True Sciatica is a symptom of irritation, compression or damage to the Sciatic nerve that results in pain. The cause of which can be different from person to person.
Symptoms of Sciatica
The typical symptoms of sciatica are: -
- Pain that travels down back or outside of the thigh and calf.
- Altered sensation in the leg, some people experience a burning sensation.
- Pins and Needles or Numbness
- Weakness in the affected leg
- Low back pain and stiffness
These are the more common symptoms associated with sciatica some people might experience all of them or just one or two. Your osteopath with be able to assess you and find out the cause and will devise a treatment plan to help you overcome the pain.
Cause of Sciatica
There are a number of conditions that can lead to sciatic symptoms. Primarily they mostly originate from the lumbar spine or from entrament of the nerve along its path. Some of the conditions that can result in sciatica are: -
- Disc Herniation also known as a "slipped disc"
- Piriformis Syndrome
Treatment for Sciatica
Depending on what the cause of your sciatica is will depend on what treatment is appropriate for you. In most cases of sciatica conservative treatment i.e. osteopathy, manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation is the preferred treatment pathway. Your osteopath will be able to assess and determine what the cause of your pain is and what treatment is best. If you would like to speak to an osteopath please call, 07500 059064 alternatively send an email and request a call back.