Sciatica refers to symptoms caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It is formed from nerves exiting the spine in the low back, travels deep through the buttock and down the leg. The nerve may be irritated by a damaged disc, bony growths on the spine, tight muscles, direct trauma or pregnancy. Symptoms vary from mild to incapacitating and may include pain, numbness, pins and needles and muscle weakness.
Your Osteopath will take a full history, conduct orthopaedic and neurological testing with the aim of identifying the cause of your symptoms.