Sciatica

Sciatica

The back is a complex structure of bone and muscle, supported by tendons, and ligaments.

Sciatica

Description

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the body. Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments.

Causes

True Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg. There are many other causes of ‘Sciatica’ which present with similar signs and symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain that radiates from the Lumbar (lower back), into the Buttock and down the back of the legs
  • The pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain Numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected leg o