Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve.  The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body.  It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. 

Common symptoms of sciatica include: 

  • pain in the rear or leg that is worse when sitting
  • burning or tingling down the leg
  • weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg or foot
  • constant pain on one side of the rear
  • shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up often in the leg or lower back 

Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body.  Often, the pain extends from the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and down through the leg.  Depending on where the sciatic nerve is affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.  For some people, the pain from sciatica can be severe and debilitating. For others, the sciatica pain might be infrequent and irritating, but has the potential to get worse. 

The causes of sciatica can be varied ranging from a prolapsed disc to muscular dysfunction in the hips through to pregnancy!  An assessment is the easiest way to work out what is aggravating the sciatic nerve and then to work out a remedy. 

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