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Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, emerging from the lower part of the spine and continuing down through the buttock into the back of the leg and into the foot.

Any irritation to the nerve will result in SCIATICA, causing one or more symptoms of pain, numbness and tingling in part or all of the nerve and may also cause weakness in the leg.

Common causes of sciatica include herniated discs (the cushioning between the vertebrae) and other mechanical consequences of degenerative spinal conditions.

Sciatica is usually aggravated by certain activities such as bending or coughing and sneezing, or being in a particular position, especially sitting for prolonged periods.

The majority of cases do resolve, but can take up to several weeks.

Occasionally, an X-ray or MRI scan may be required to provide more detailed information about the exact state of the spine to assist with the prognosis.

Only rarely does the problem require surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve.

Osteopathic intervention will involve an examination to establish the cause of the nerve irritation and provided treatment is deemed appropriate, one or more osteopathic techniques and advice on medication and any suitable exercises will be planned.

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