Sciatica Symptoms.What are your main Sciatica Symptoms?
The symptoms will depend on the cause of your sciatica, as well as the structure that is pressing on your sciatic nerve." Discs, nerves, joints, muscles and ligaments are the main structures responsible for trapping your sciatic nerve - resulting in sciatica.
Before you decide on the appropriate treatment for sciatica, it is very important to first have the correct diagnosis and cause determined.
Sciatic symptoms can vary from a mild buttocks pain, to a raging severe pain in your back and leg - often radiating as far as your little toe!
Put quite simply, sciatica is always associated with PAIN!
From my experience of treating sciatica over the years, I have concluded that the following are the most common sciatic symptoms that I see on a daily basis in my physiotherapy practice. I hope you recognise your own symptoms in one of the following!
Put simply the most common symptom of sciatica that I see is one of the above types of pain.
The most common causes of sciatica that I see are:-
Understanding the symptoms of your sciatica will help you to resolve your sciatica quickly. Noting the symptoms that you experience and which positions and movements aggravate them, will greatly help your Physiotherapist in the treatment of your sciatica.
Also, it is important to note the type of symptoms that you experience with your sciatica. This knowledge will help your therapist to diagnose the cause of your sciatic pain. Diagnosis, after all, is the key to good treatment!
You may ask why your symptoms of your sciatica change so often?
Your symptoms can change from day to day and from hour to hour. This is due to the effect your bodys position has on sciatica. If you are sitting a lot you may have more leg pain than back pain. If you are lying down your buttock may hurt more than your leg. Seek medical advice on the appropriate positions and treatments for your sciatica.
In summary, the cause of sciatica comes from the sciatic nerve being impinged or trapped. It also can arise from inflammation of the sciatic nerve due to trauma or stiffness in the structures around it. The treatment of choice for your pain depends on which structure is compressing your sciatic nerve.
Early intervention and a correct diagnosis is the key to the management of your lower back pain and sciatica. No two peoples sciatica is the same.
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