Sciatica – What is it and how can it be treated?
Sciatica is a general term used to describe pain, tingling, numbness or even weakness in the leg. Originating from the lower back, it travels through the buttock and along the sciatic nerve in the back of the leg.
Pronounced ‘sigh-at-ih-kah’, sciatica is symptomatic of an underlying medical condition. This could be a lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis.
It can present itself in a number of the following ways:
- Persistent pain in the buttock or leg, on one side (very rarely both)
- Worsened pain when sitting
- Creating a sensation of burning or tingling
- Weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot
- Painful sharpness when walking or standing
Frequency of pain and discomfort can vary and when constant, can be incapacitating. Depending on the cause the location, frequency and severity may differ.
Overall, the vast majority of people who experience sciatica can gain relief from the pain, within as little as a few weeks or months. Common treatments and therapy include Acupuncture, Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy.
Depending on the condition that is causing the symptom of sciatica, you shouldn’t have to experience pain in the long-term.
So be sure to get it checked out by a professional and as with any element of your health and wellbeing, get to the root of the problem.