Sciatica is a common type of pain affecting the sciatic nerve, a large nerve extending from the lower back down the back of each leg.
Common symptoms of sciatica include:
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 pain from sciatica might be infrequent and irritating, but has the potential to get worse.
Seek immediate medical attention with any symptoms of progressive lower extremity weakness and/or loss of bladder or bowel control.
Sciatica is caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. A slipped disc is the most common cause of sciatica.
Additional common causes of sciatica include:
Other things that may make your back pain worse include being overweight, not exercising regularly, wearing high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft.
In diagnosing sciatica, a doctor will take your medical history and perform an examination of the back, hips, and legs in order to test for strength, flexibility, sensation, and reflexes.
Other tests may include:
Treatment for sciatica focuses on relieving pressure and inflammation. Typical sciatica treatments include:
Although sciatica can be very painful, it is rare for the disorder to cause permanent nerve damage. Most sciatica pain syndromes result from inflammation and will usually get better within a few weeks.
Most forms of complementary thereapy can alleviate and often erradicate your sciatica. All forms of massage are helpful particularaly Deep tissue Massage, acupressure Massage and Shiatsu massage. Acupuncture and Cranio-sacral therapy can also effectively treat this condition.