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GENERAL INFORMATION, SIGNS & SYMPTOMS, OSTEOPATHIC AND SELF MANAGEMENT OF
  Sciatica

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Sciatica is an umbrella term for "pain down the back of the leg". It is often associated with pain along the "Sciatic Nerve" which is a large nerve that runs down the back of the neck.

Causes
There are many causes of nerve pain. Nerve pain is generally caused by such things as compression, distortion, chemical imbalance and disease of the nerve. Here are a list of some conditions that can cause sciatica:
  • Low Back Disc Injury/Bulge/Prolapse
  • Piriformis Syndrome (Hip Muscle Spasm) - can also be associated with hamstring compression
  • Spinal Canal Narrowing (Spinal Canal Stenosis)
  • Spinal Nerve Exit Narrowing (Spinal Foraminal Stenosis) 
  • Spinal Vertebra Slippage (Spondylolisthesis)
  • Diabetes
  • Pelvic Imbalance (e.g. Pregnancy)
  • Repetitive strain (e.g. frequent lifting)
Symptoms
  • Sharp pain in the buttock that runs down the leg
  • May also experience back/pelvic pain and stiffness
  • Pain may increase with bending forward
  • Pain is worse when sitting or standing for long periods.
Osteopathic Diagnosis
  • It is important to determine the cause of your sciatica so your osteopath will perform a detailed past medical history and physical examination.
  • You may be referred for imaging or to a specialist for further investigation for further determination of the cause.

Osteopathic Treatment

  • Osteopathic treatment initially focuses on settling the pain and addressing the causative factor(s).
  • Pain relieving and/or anti-inflammatory medication may be of benefit in the first 24-48 hours as directed by your pharmacist or general practitioner.