What is sciatica ?
Many people come to see osteopaths with a combination of pain, numbness, tingling, or lost of muscle power in the leg. Sometimes in the worst cases all of the symptoms are present. But mainly its pain in the back of the leg, outside of the lower leg or top of the foot, that people complain of.
Can you Help sciatica?
We are able to offer a rapid diagnosis and usually offer treatment that will help to relieve the pain, restore normal movement and get to the cause of the problem.
But what exactly is Sciatica?
Sciatica can be caused by direct injury to the nerve or by something pressing on to the nerve.The Sciatic nerve is made up of nerves from the lumbar spine and the sacrum.The Sciatic nerve runs from the buttock area down the back of the thigh, to the side and back of the calf and to the whole of the foot, it covers a large area.
Pressure on the nerve can be caused by:
- A Bulging disc, also known as a prolapsed disc in the lower lumbar discs.
- Inflammation in the low back joints,
- Tight muscles in the low back, Gluteal muscles or Hamstrings
- A displaced or dysfunctional sacroiliac joint.
Symptoms of sciatica are variable and may include :
- Pain which maybe sharp or dull, constant or intermittent, or related to a specific posture or activity. For instance, when getting up from seated, getting into a car, putting weight on to the affected leg.
- Numbness or loss of sensation, tingling or cold.
- Loss of movement due to lack of muscle power in the muscle supplied by the sciatica nerve. Typically in this instance, patients have an in ability to bend or straighten the big toe or toes. Possibly they maybe unable to straighten or bend the ankle or have a condition called foot drop.
If you have any of these symptoms then please contact us, as we will be able to offer an accurate Osteopathic diagnosis and provide treatment and advice to relieve your symptoms.