Sciatica is a painful syndrome caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, a nerve placed deep in the buttock that runs down the leg.
Symptoms of Sciatica may include the following:
- pain in the buttock or down the leg
- muscular weakness
- pins and needles or tingling
- difficulty moving or controlling the leg.
Sciatica is usually felt in one leg at a time, and can range from a dull ache to an incapacitating pain. Symptoms may be constant or intermittent, depending on activities or time of day.
The pain associated with sciatica can be caused by a number of underlying conditions. These may include:
- herniated (bulging) disc in the lower back
- bony growths on the spine
- arthritis in the low back or hip
- tight muscles in the buttock or trauma to the lower back.
Sciatica can occur during pregnancy due to the altered mechanics of the pelvis and lower back as the baby grows and develops.
Our manual therapy skills may help relieve and resolve the symptoms of sciatica. Due to the different causes of sciatica, we will perform an extensive history and examination to identify the underlying cause of your sciatica.
We then tailor a treatment aimed at the related joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons is undertaken to reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Sciatica can often resolve quickly with the appropriate management and self-care.
Exercise and rehabilitation will be prescribed to you depending on your specific cause of sciatica. These exercises will aid your recovery and promote long term relief of you symptoms.