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About Sciatica





- worse when sitting

Sciatica is the term used to describe pain caused by compression or irritation to the longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and down the back of the leg. The word itself is Latin for "pain down the back of the leg".

Sciatica is an example of referred pain. Pain can be felt anywhere along the sciatic nerve and can range from a mild annoyance to really painful and debilitating. Usually, it affects one side of the body, with pain moving through the buttock and down the leg. It is often associated with a constant pain on one side of the buttocks, pain in the leg and/or buttock that may feel worse when sitting, burning or pins and needlesdown the leg, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot, weakness, or a shooting pain that makes it hard to stand up. While sciatica can be extremely painful and uncomfortable, the good news is that it is actually rare that permanent tissue damage occurs. Most of the pain is caused because of inflammation and this will improve in time. Physiotherapy treatment is centred on addressing the pressure and pain.

See more information about sciatica and back pain.


Treatment for sciatica is similar to that for a slipped disc

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