Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica is a symptom of an irritated sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve begins in the lumbar spine runs through the sacrum and gluteal muscles, down the posterior aspect of the thigh before it further divides to supply the lower legs and feet.

Symptoms of Sciatica

Anything that irritates the sciatic nerve can produce sciatic pain and or neurological symptoms like paraesthesia – numbness, tingling or even weakness. However, it is thought that a combination of muscle, joint and bone compression may lead to sciatica. Sciatica typically presents in the population over 40 years of age. It can be an acute condition with symptoms lasting up to four weeks or it may persist into a longer and debilitating problem .

Causes

In many cases of sciatica, there is not a single obvious cause. Some of the more common reasons for the condition are:

Risk Factors

Sciatica and Osteopathy

Osteopathy looks at the biomechanics involved of the lumbar spine, pelvis hips associated muscles. Your osteopath with check for strength and weakness, strains and posture compensations to improve function and reduce the neurological compromise.

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