Although sciatica is a relatively common form of low back and leg pain, the true meaning of the term is often misunderstood. Sciatica is a set of symptoms rather than a diagnosis for what is irritating the root of the nerve, causing the pain. This point is important because treatment for sciatica or sciatic symptoms often differs, depending upon the underlying cause of the symptoms and pain levels.
The term is really, really rubbish. Being diagnosed with sciatica can lead to patients becoming utterly focused on this disease “sciatica” and how to treat it when at times it is no more than referred pain from a trigger point in your gluteal muscles.
So, if you think you have it check this for starters:
Does the pain go below your knee? Now if it does, this is more likely to be an irritation of the nerve roots that join to become the sciatic nerve. If not (and this is very, very common) it is more likely to be the much under diagnosed referred pain from a trigger point in your gluteal muscles like this.
So, the bottom line (pun absolutely intended) is get it checked out by a sports injury therapist or a chiropractor and get some truth before you become a slave to the mysterious sciatica. Our fully qualified practioners are available in both Ringwood and Bournemouth.