Sciatica means pain along the course of the sciatic nerve. The pain may hit suddenly like a lightening bolt, or may be like an excruciating ache in your legs – either way sciatica is a painful experience that’s always down the back or slightly to the outside of the leg.
Unfortunately the term sciatica does not tell you what is causing that pain. Sciatica is a general term describing pain from irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve and its branches. So it’s more of a description of where the pain is, not a diagnosis. Imagine saying you had foot pain – this piece of information wouldn’t explain whether you’d just stubbed your toe, or you’d just had your foot run over. It’s the same with sciatica – you have to have a diagnosis of the cause.
Many things can cause sciatica:
We know how to differentiate between all of the above. We know the medical tests, we know the questions to ask to get the right information so that we can make a diagnosis and treat the right area. And we know when to refer you for further investigations such as x-rays, MRI scans or surgery.
We’ll also give you a personal exercise programme to help maintain stability and strength of your back and core muscles.