I often see patients complaining of sciatica. But what is it?
Sciatica is a “bucket term” that is used to describe the distribution of pain, that is caused when there is an irritation to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that originates in the spinal cord and runs through the lower back, buttock, down the back of the thigh and into the leg and foot.
The symptoms of sciatica are associated with what the nerve innervates, for example, the muscles and the skin. Common symptoms of sciatica include a sharp or constant, intense, dull pain, weakness and discomfort in the leg and back, as well as nerve pain such as burning, pins and needles, numbness, tingling and weakness. Pain is often worse for prolonged standing or sitting or when coughing or sneezing. Bending forward and twisting can also aggravate the pain.
The term sciatica doesn’t really explain the cause of the pain, as there are so many different reasons for sciatica, including a prolapsed or herniated disc, disc degeneration, arthritis of the spine, muscular spasm, spinal injuries, pelvic dysfunction and even serious conditions.
So how can osteopathy help? I can help determine the cause of the pain and what is the appropriate treatment for you to relieve your symptoms, including home advice and exercises.
07727 666312 . www.melharrisonosteopath.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org