Sciatica is the name given to any sort of pain that is caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from the back of your pelvis, through your buttocks, and all the way down both legs, ending at your feet. At Reflex Spinal Health our team of Chiropractors & Osteopaths treat a wide range of conditions including sciatica.
Signs and symptoms
When the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, it can cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation. The pain radiates from your lower back and travels down one of your legs to your foot and toes. The pain can range from being mild to very painful. It may be made worse by sneezing, coughing, or sitting for a long period of time. Some people with sciatica may also experience muscle weakness in the affected leg. People with sciatica can also have general back pain. The pain associated with sciatica usually affects the buttocks and legs much more than the back.