What is sciatica?
Sciatica results from compression, traction, irritation or injury of the sciatica nerve which is the largest nerve in the human body beginning at the buttocks and the posterior region of the thigh. It separates behind the knee into two terminal branches which end at the foot. There are three types of sciatica: discal, referred and muscular.
What are the most common signs and symptoms of sciatica?
- Pain along the neural pathway
- Numbness or tingling in the leg or foot
- Weakness in the affected lower limb
- Loss of feeling
What causes sciatica?
Sciatica may be caused by a herniated disc, degenerative discopathy, stenosis (shrinkage of the opening through which the nerve passes), cysts or by inflammatory, infectious or tumoral causes.
Physiotherapists are there for you!
After an evaluation to determine the origin of your sciatica, physiotherapists will be able to provide targeted treatments. Mobilizations, exercises and advice to promote the healing of your sciatica will return you to a daily life without pain, numbness or tingling in your lower limbs.