Sciatica and nerve pain?
Sciatica is a form of root nerve irritation, mostly felt in the lower back, buttock, leg and foot.
The symptoms of sciatica are normally felt in the buttock, hamstring, calf or foot. These parts of the body are linked by the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower spine to the feet, the back of the leg.
The pain itself can range from a feeling of weakness and slight discomfort to a shooting or surging pain, which can be severe enough to disable the sufferer and cause them to sit or lie down. It can occur when the nerves are not getting enough oxygen, or in more severe case when there is pressure on the sciatic nerve itself, or on certain lumbar nerves coming from a herniated or bulging disc.
Treatment for sciatica varies, based upon the severity of the pain. Less severe cases of sciatica are sometimes curable by a small amount of treatment and a relevant exercise program. However, regular and more severe sufferers of sciatica may require a more intensive treatment program. ESPH use soft tissue and joint mobilisation techniques to reduce the pressure on the nerve, thus providing pain relief. When the sciatica is being caused by a herniated or bulging disc, our expert physiotherapists can help reduce this inflammation and reduce the pressure on the nerve using the best techniques for your individual case. If you need further investigations we can refer you to our network of specialist colleagues.