What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a term used to describe pain going down the back or side of the leg which is usually associated with lower back pain. This can include pins and needles or numbness. It is associated with the sciatic nerve which is formed by a contribution of smaller nerves which originate from the lower part of the spinal cord.
Origin of the pain
The most common cause of sciatica is a bulging lumbar disc which is actually putting pressure on smaller nerves which contribute to the sciatic nerve. Much of the leg is served by the sciatic nerve or branches of the sciatic nerve. The area of the leg where pain is felt will be determined by which lumbar vertebral level the disc bulge is taking place at.
Physiotherapy treatment for sciatica involves treating the effects of sciatica. This often includes sensitivity around the low back where pain is originating from, and painful movement particularly bending. This is treated with spinal mobilisation techniques and massage. Often there is specific tension in the sciatic nerve which is addressed by controlled stretches.
In more resistant cases of sciatica mechanical traction can be effective. Sciatica responds best when physiotherapy is started soon after onset. Nerve tissue is the most sensitive tissue in the body, so the longer that sciatica is present the longer is takes to relieve.
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