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How common is sciatica?
What is sciatica?
“Sciatica” is a description. And not a diagnosis. It describes where your symptoms are. But not what’s causing them.
It’s like going to the doctor and telling them you have a sore head, and them telling you that you have a headache.
Basically, sciatica is pain and/or pins and needles in the distribution of the sciatic nerve. You may also have weakness in one of the muscles supplied by the nerve.
The sciatic nerve covers from the buttock, through the back and outside of the thigh, and everything below the knee.
Different types of sciatica
What causes sciatica?
There are a number of risk factors for sciatica. If you have a history of recurrent low back pain, you’re more at risk. People who are significantly overweight are more prone to sciatica.
If you’re over 40, guess what? You have a greater risk of sciatica. And if you smoke, that increases your risk too – strange one. We think it’s because you are slower to heal if you smoke. It affects the “quality of your tissues”.
People who sit for long periods and those who do heavy manual work are both at more risk of sciatica.
Sciatica Diagnosis Versus Functional Assessment
At Active X we provide a Functional Assessment. While we help you understand the likely causes, it’s important for you to know what to do to get better. And what to avoid. This is where the Functional Assessment comes in. We will provide a FA at your first appointment.
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Video about sciatica
Please excuse the very old video below. It may be old, but the information is as true now as it was then.
When to see a doctor for your sciatica
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Sciatica is not a diagnosis. It’s a description. Sciatica is pain felt in the distribution of your sciatic nerve, which travels from the buttock down the outside and back of thigh, as well as supplying sensation to most of your lower leg and foot. There are broadly 3 types of sciatica pain: sciatica due to to more “medical problems” (very rare); sciatica due to nerve entrapment (most commonly lumbar disc prolapse); and sciatica due to referred pain. Sciatica pain may be accompanied by tingling or numbness.
Relieving sciatica pain depends on the cause. It’s important to work out which movements aggravate the pain. Often moving in the opposite direction will relieve the pain. Again, depending on the cause, walking often helps to relieve sciatica pain. Painkillers may or may not help, depending on the cause. Osteopathy can help to relieve sciatica.
The buttock is the most common place to feel sciatica. Sciatica buttock pain – without thigh or lower leg pain – is less likely to be due to nerve entrapment. And more likely due to referred pain. Referred pain is when you feel pain in one place but it’s due to injury/irritation to a different area (commonly the lower back with sciatica).
The sciatic nerve does not supply the groin. Therefore, pain in the groin will not be due to sciatic nerve irritation. This area is supplied by the obturator nerve, which originates from spinal levels L2, L3 and L4. Groin pain may be due to local muscular/tendon strain or hip joint problems, or referred pain from other areas, such as sacro-iliac joint problems.
Sciatica symptoms can include pain, tingling, pins and needles, numbness, feelings of running water, cramping muscles, twitching and weakness in the leg. The severity is usually dependent on the cause of the sciatica. Referred pain is not usually as severe as when a nerve is irritated or directly compressed. This can result in severe pain – like a line of pain following the nerve.
Sciatica can resolve in days, or last many weeks or months. It depends on the cause and how you manage that cause. Sciatica due to lumbar disc prolapse can take 3-6 months to resolve. Sciatica due to local muscular strain is likely to resolve in 2-3 weeks.
The best treatment for sciatica is to treat the cause. This is best done by consulting a clinician specialising in the diagnosis and management of sciatica. Osteopathy has been shown to be effective in helping with sciatica. Minimising activities which aggravate your sciatica is often important – especially with acute sciatica. If your sciatica is due to disc prolapse, some people benefit from surgical intervention.
An osteopath will diagnose the cause of your sciatica. This may involve various medical tests as well as a full osteopathic assessment, during which the osteopath will encourage you to tell the full story of your sciatica. The osteopath will then provide treatment to alleviate your sciatica, and give you advice on how to avoid aggravating your sciatica and advice on how to help the cause to heal. This may involve exercises as well as general lifestyle advice.
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