What is Sciatica and can Osteopathy help?

Lumbar radiculopathy, or as it is commonly known Sciatica, is the name given to pain caused by irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve or any of the five nerve roots which combine to form the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is therefore not a diagnosis; it is a symptom. Sciatica typically only affects one side of the body. The pain, often described as burning, searing, shooting or sharp, is usually worse when sitting, bending, coughing or bearing down on the toilet. The intensity and nature of the pain often make it difficult to walk or to even bear weight on the affected side. In addition to pain, compression of the sciatic nerve can also cause altered sensation such as pins and needles and

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