Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the Sciatic nerve. The Sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet.
Signs and symptoms
When the Sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation that radiates from your lower back and travels down one of your legs to your foot and toes. The pain can range from being mild to very painful, and may be made worse by sneezing, coughing, or sitting for a long period of time. Some people with Sciatica may also experience muscle weakness in the affected leg. While people with Sciatica can also have general back pain, the pain associated with Sciatica usually affects the buttocks and legs much more than the back.
What causes Sciatica?
In the vast majority of cases, Sciatica is caused by a herniated or "slipped" disc. This is when one of the discs that sit between the bones of the spine (the vertebrae) is damaged and presses on the nerves. Less common causes include spinal stenosis (narrowing of the nerve passages in the spine), a spinal injury or infection, or a growth within the spine (such as a tumour).
When to see your General Practioner?
Most people find their Sciatic pain goes away naturally within a few weeks, although some cases can last for a year or more. You should see your GP if your symptoms are severe or persistent, or are getting worse over time. Your GP will usually be able to confirm a diagnosis of Sciatica based on your symptoms
How do I treat Sciatica?
Many cases of Sciatica will pass in around six weeks without the need for treatment. However, there are a combination of things you can do at home such as recommended exercises by your GP and using hot or cold packs. I personally treat Sciatica in two ways. The first two weeks I would give you an hours Scenar treatment every second or third day. Patients feel better after the first treatment already. Once the inflammation and pain has improved, I will then begin to do postural alignment exercises with you that will ensure that your disc will slip back in. Depending on the severity of the Sciatica this can last between 1 to 3 months according to my experience. If necessary I will continue to give you Scenar treatments as well. I have had a great amount of success with this treatment method, please see my testimonials page. If I do not alleviate your symptoms - which has not happended so far - you will get your money back!