Sciatica is pain spreading down into the leg and/or buttock
The sciatic nerve is a long thick nerve, which starts by several nerve roots joining up together in the low back, to form a thick nerve which then runs down the leg.
Sciatica can actually be caused by several different issues. It’s important to work out where the sciatic nerve is being irritated, so when you see me you will have a thorough consultation and examination, including neurological testing.
It can be irritated where it passes through the back (e.g. by the joints or discs) or through the buttock muscles.
Some of the causes of sciatica include, herniated disc, piriformis syndrome, sacro-iliac joint problems, spondylolithesis (either degenerative or fracture), spinal stenosis.
Once the cause of your sciatica has been diagnosed, you treatment aims to give you relief by reducing the irritation of the sciatic nerve.
The techniques used will vary depending on the cause. Treatment will also help the rest of your body cope or ‘compensate’ better for the problem, helping you function better.