Leg Pain

What is “Sciatica”?

“sciatica” is a non specific term that is often misused. It is often used to describe any pain down the leg. Since that doesn’t explain the cause it is not really a diagnosis.

Inflammation in any portion of the sciatic nerve, can lead to tremendous pain and discomfort in the lower back, buttocks, leg and foot, is often referred to as “sciatica”.

Apart from pain, a “sciatica” patient can also feel numbness and muscular weakness. Sciatic pain varies in intensity and location from person to person. Some feel a slight ache, like a needle prick, while others experience excruciating levels of pain.

Other causes of “Sciatica”

“Sciatica” can be caused by lumbar or sacral nerve compression or even by excess pressure on the “sciatic” nerve itself. There are several factors that lead to “sciatica”:

Spinal disc herniation: The spinal discs are made up of tough cartilage rings, which cushion the spine. However, these can weaken due to excess pressure and degeneration. Lifting badly at the wrong angle can herniate a spinal disc. 

Spinal stenosis: Spondylolisthesis, or bone spurs, can result in the compression of the spinal canal and column, causing stenosis.

Piriformis syndrome: This happens when the piriformis muscle in the hip, compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve.

Trigger points: This occurs when the lower back muscles have low blood flow because of muscular contraction. This can cause pain to spread away from the trigger point spreading into the buttocks

Pregnancy: During pregnancies, postural changes can cause muscle tightness, joint problems that can lead to the above causes of sciatica.

Symptoms of “ Sciatica”

The following are some of the most common symptoms of “sciatica”: 

  • Increasing weakness or numbness in the legs and feet
  • Tingling sensation in the legs
  • Dull, sharp or burning pain, which is accompanied by intermittent shooting pain, starting at the buttock and moving downward to the side of the thigh

Occasionally with certain problems that can give sciatic symptoms it is possible to have changes in your bowel and bladder function. If you experience this symptom it can be a medical emergency and you should seek attention immediately.

“Sciatica” and Osteopathy

Osteopathy can be used to treat sciatica and any other kind of leg pain successfully.

Firstly we will clarify and explain what is the cause of this symptom for you and then look at what has caused  it in your case before helping you manage those influences helping to free yourself of the symptoms and stay free of them if possible.

 Please feel free to call to discuss how I may be able to help you.