Sciatica is the term used to describe pain that originates from the sciatic nerves.
The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves in the body. They originate from each side of the spinal cord in the lower back and run down the back of each leg to the toes.
The most common cause of sciatic pain is a slipped disc but this is not the only cause.
Anything that is irritating or compressing the sciatic nerve can cause similar symptoms.
Examples include tight muscles, inflammation and degenerative changes within the spine.
Symptoms can include pain in the lower back, buttock, back of thigh and lower leg.
Altered sensation such as pins and needles or numbness may occur. Muscle weakness may also be experienced.
Methods of Treatment:
- Spinal joint mobilisations
- Nerve mobilisation
- Progressive exercise programme (nerve/muscle stretches)
- Soft tissue mobilisations