The sciatic nerve
Sciatica is a condition that is unfortunately quite common. Perhaps you have experienced it yourself, or a family member or friend has suffered from it. It is not a diagnosis itself, but is a symptom of a range of lower back problems which irritate or compress a nerve known as the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is the body’s largest nerve – running from the spine at the lower back, through the buttock, and running down the back of each leg, branching down into the calf, foot and toes. Because of this, it can cause symptoms in many parts of the lower back or leg.
Sciatica can cause a huge range of symptoms, varying from niggling and irritating, to constant and debilitating:
- Pain in one side of the buttock or leg
- Pain that can be described as tingling or burning (rather than aching)
- Pain that makes it hard to stand up and walk
- Pain that is made worse by sitting
- Difficulty moving the leg, foot or toes
- Weakness or numbness in the leg, foot or toes
- Pain radiating down the leg.
The symptoms of sciatica can vary from person to person, as it depends where the sciatic nerve is being irritated or pinched.
The good news
For people living with sciatica, the good news is that there are often ways to treat the underlying conditions, reducing pain and improving mobility. A qualified chiropractor can help identify the source of the sciatica and work with you to address the cause of the symptoms, while giving you fast relief from them.