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Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.
Sciatica most commonly occurs when spinal nerve roots get sensitised which can be caused mainly by compression or stretching of the nerve or inflammation in the surrounding area.
Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments.
Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. You might feel the discomfort almost anywhere along the nerve pathway, but it’s especially likely to follow a path from your lower back to your buttock and the back of your thigh and calf.
The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock. It can be worse when you cough or sneeze, and prolonged sitting can aggravate symptoms. Usually only one side of your body is affected.
Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot. You might have pain in one part of your leg and numbness in another part.
Risk factors for sciatica include:
- Prolonged sitting
The key goals for management are:
- Pain control
- Restoration of range of motion
- Restoring normal function
- Improve fitness and strength
Our team has dealt with thousands of clients suffering with sciatica and our success rates are above 80%. All our clients are dealt with individually as they will all have individual goals and needs so we apply our tried and tested results based 3 step system to provide the outcome you deserve.
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