Sciatica refers to pain that travels along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down the back of the leg.
Sciatica most often occurs when a herniated disk or an overgrowth of bone puts pressure on part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.
Sciatica pain can be almost anywhere along the nerve pathway. It’s especially likely to follow a path from the low back to the buttock and the back of a thigh and calf. The pain can vary from a mild ache to a sharp, burning pain. Sometimes it can feel like a jolt or electric shock.
It can be worse when coughing or sneezing or sitting a long time. Usually, sciatica affects only one side of the body. Some people also have numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the leg or foot. One part of the leg can be in pain, while another part can feel numb.
Our rule of thumb is:
If the ache or pain hasn’t cleared up in three days it generally requires treatment. We tend to let our aches and pains manifest for too long before seeking help, which causes other issues that require treatment too! We like an easy life so don’t hesitate to book your appointment and become pain-free quicker.
We are the right choice
Our physio team have a wealth of experience and will identify what is causing your pain rather than just treating your symptoms, and the teams are highly experienced and specialize in sciatica pain. Our physio team undertakes 5 hours of clinical training a week to ensure that we keep up to date with the latest research and treatment in this area.