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The sciatic nerve begins in the low back and descends through the buttock, into the thigh, past the knee and into the foot.  Along its route it is vulnerable to injury and if irritated, pain is felt down the leg; this is called “sciatica”. True sciatica is a condition that occurs when a herniated lumbar disc compresses the sciatic nerve.

It is common to have episodes of lower back pain beginning a few days or weeks before the leg pain occurs.. It may be an innocent movement that eventually causes the sciatic pain.

Osteopaths are concerned with speeding up the recovery process and restoring normal function to all parts of the body connected to the problem.  There is a misconception that discs can be “put-back”.  Discs can not be put back but osteopathic treatment can be given to areas affecting the sciatic nerve speeding up the healing process and allowing a good recovery.

Symptoms of sciatica

Standing, sitting, heavy lifting, sneezing, or having a bowel movement may aggravate the pain. Lying down is usually the most comfortable position.

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