“I have sciatica” – this is what we often hear from our patients. However, medically speaking sciatica is not actually an illness but a anatomic term. The sciatic nerve starts at the nerve root of the lower spine, and it is the biggest nerve that pulls in the leg. It runs from the pelvis outwardly over the buttocks, the back of the thigh, and the front and back of the lower leg down to the big toe.
Such “ischialgiforme” (sciatica pain) can develop when the nerve roots in the vertebral canal are pressed together for example due to a herniated disc or spinal canal stenosis (a narrowing of spaces in the spine). Often, this pulling pain is unbearable and extends to the leg. In extreme cases, it causes paralysis and loss of feeling. Typically, the pain of a stuck sciatica nerve is triggered when lifting stretched legs.
The cause of the sciatica pain may however also lay outside vertebral canal: For example, caused by physical injuries or even metabolic diseases. In addition, it is important to distinguish it from medical conditions associated with the hip joints, which have similar symptoms.
Which treatment do we usually recommend when it comes to Sciatica pain?
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