Sciatica Key Facts
“Shooting pain along parts or all of the back portion of the lower limb into the buttock, thigh, calf and foot!”.
“Pins and Needles, numbness or coldness in the back of the thigh or calf and foot”
“Gradual increase in symptoms then a sudden increase in intensity and spread of pain”
Effects on lifestyle
Different types of Sciatica
The disc between vertebrae has “slipped” compressing the Sciatic Nerve root. Diagnosed frequently, but less often visible on MRI or X-ray.
Non Disc Sciatica
When mechanical stress is placed on the Sciatic Nerve due to muscular tension around the hip girdle and spinal stiffness in the lower and mid back. This type of Sciatica appears to be symptomically similar to “Disc Sciatica” however the underlying reason for the problem, and its treatment and accompanying advice are very different.
Tension can be placed on the Sciatic nerve as a result of stiffness in the upper part of the lumbar spine, the accentuated rounded shape of the upper back caused by slumping due to posture. Stiffness deep in the hip girdles and buttock muscles can all place strain on the nerve root producing Sciatic type symptoms.