The Sciatic nerve is one of several nerves that provide sensory and motor input to the back of your hips, thighs, and lower legs. Sciatica refers to the symptoms of pain, and/or altered sensation, and/or weakness in the hip region and lower limb of one or both legs as a result of irritation to this sciatic nerve along its pathway. This irritation can arise from a number of reasons and requires a thorough assessment to identify the root cause of each individual presentation.
Red flags to watch out for and consult your GP:
Management of Sciatica begins with an in-depth assessment to rule in or out a sciatica diagnosis, along with identifying the underlying cause of the irritation. Through means such as education, soft tissue release, joint mobilisations, dry needling, and exercise therapy, physiotherapists will aim to settle inflammation and limit compression on the sciatic nerve. As pain reduces and you regain function, management becomes tailored to your specific goals and with the aim to limit recurrent injuries in the future.
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