Sciatica is the non-specific term which is commonly used to describe symptoms of pain that travels from the back along the sciatic nerve. Typically pain is felt in the buttocks, down the back of the leg and possibly in the foot. It is usually caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve as it travels from the lower back down into the leg, however the pain may also be caused by trigger points in the soft tissue in the buttock area.
Sciatica is a symptom not a diagnosis, and it is therefore important that an accurate medicinal history, assessment and diagnosis is given to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for you. As with back pain, there are a number of symptoms which serve to highlight the need to act quickly, as they may suggest a more serious pathology. Early consultation with your osteopath or allied healthcare professional is important to identify the cause of the sciatic pain.
What causes sciatica?
Common conditions that can cause sciatica include: