Sciatica is so common that almost everyone has heard of it. In fact we frequent hear from patients that they think they have sciatica. Anywhere else in the body and people just say "sore knee" or "sore shoulder" but when it comes to sciatica everyone seems to know the name of the nerve. This is because it is a really large nerve and frequently causes issues.

Osteopathy & sciatica

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a painful syndrome caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve also runs deep through the buttock and down the leg. Sciatica can range from a dull ache to an incapacitating pain. Symptoms may be constant or intermittent, depending on activities or time of day.

Osteopathy & sciatica

Osteopathic treatment for sciatica may be useful in relieving the symptoms you are feeling.

Osteopaths will usually conduct a full musculoskeletal and orthopaedic examination to find the true underlying cause of the sciatica. Osteopaths treatment of the related joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons tries to reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can often resolve quickly with the appropriate management and self-care.

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Symptoms of sciatica

Symptoms of sciatica may include:

  • pain in the buttock or down the leg
  • numbness
  • muscular weakness
  • pins and needles or tingling
  • difficulty moving or controlling the leg.

Causes of sciatica

The pain associated with sciatica can be caused by a number of underlying conditions. These may include:

  • herniated (bulging) disc in the lower back
  • bony growths on the spine
  • arthritis in the low back or hip
  • tight muscles in the buttock or trauma to the lower back
  • pregnancy, due to changes in the pelvis and lower back

Anatomy of the sciatic nerve

The anatomy of the sciatic nerve is really interesting (well to us osteopaths anyway). The sciatic nerve is one of only two nerves in the whole body that runs over the back of a joint. What do we mean by this? Well if you look at most nerves they have evolved to run where they will be protected if you bend a joint, but the sciatic nerve runs over the back of your hip joint which means it is put on stretch every time you bend. This makes it prone to injury and is one of the reasons it causes so much strife.

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