What is Sciatica?
Sciatica is a pain that stems from the sciatic nerve derived from the spinal cord. Sciatica or sciatic pain stems from the pressure on the nerve that travels down through the buttock to the back of the thigh and leg. Sensations and functions of the leg and foot are controlled by the sciatic nerve which can therefore cause referred pain. Sciatica has many known causes including disc injury.
During pregnancy, the sciatic nerve can become irritated due to the altered posture associated with the pressure of a growing baby and belly. Water retention and swelling can cause discomfort and sciatic pain.
Pregnant women experience increasing hormone and progesterone levels which creates relaxation of the muscles around the pelvis and spine in preparation for birth. This laxity can allow increasing movement through the spine and pelvis which, whilst normal, can also contribute to symptoms of sciatic pain during pregnancy.
Symptoms of Sciatica include one or a combination of the following:
- Pins and needle sensations in the effected leg.
- Shooting pain up and down the back of your thigh and leg to your foot.
- Lower back pain and aching in the buttock
- Pain when you sneeze, cough, sit or visit the toilet.
- Weakness in muscles in the leg and foot
- Severe cases can result in a loss of bladder and bowel control
Sciatica Treatment in Brunswick
Manual musculoskeletal therapies such as Osteopathy may help relieve Sciatica symptoms. An osteopath will treat sciatic pain by working with the muscles, joints and ligaments around the sciatic nerve using hands on techniques. Treatment may also include specific exercises, or stretches and we encourage this approach, along with patient education, helping you to be more empowered.
Make an osteopathy booking at Inner North Osteopathy in Brunswick today.