Could It Be Sciatica?


When dealing with persistent back pain, it’s natural to wonder about the underlying causes. Sciatica, a common culprit, often goes unrecognised. Here are five signs that sciatica could be behind your discomfort.

1. Pain Extending from Your Lower Back to Your Feet

Sciatica typically manifests as a sharp, burning pain that travels from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down the legs. If you notice pain radiating along this pathway, it could be a telltale sign of sciatic nerve irritation.

2. Numbness or Tingling in Your Legs

Alongside pain, sciatica can cause sensations of numbness or tingling in your legs. This occurs because the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back down to your feet, is compressed or irritated.

3. Weakness in Your Lower Extremities

Feeling a sudden weakness in your legs or feet? Sciatica might be affecting the nerve’s ability to send signals to your muscles effectively. This symptom often results in difficulty moving or controlling the affected limb.

4. Pain That Worsens With Certain Movements

If sitting for long periods, bending, or even coughing and sneezing exacerbates your back pain, sciatica could be the reason. These activities can put additional pressure on the sciatic nerve, intensifying your discomfort.

5. Difficulty Standing or Walking

Sciatica can make it challenging to stand or walk comfortably due to the pain and other symptoms affecting your lower body. This can significantly impact your daily activities and quality of life.

Is It Time to Seek Help?

If these signs sound familiar, don’t hesitate to explore your options for care. Early intervention can prevent worsening symptoms and help maintain your mobility and comfort. At our practice, we’re dedicated to providing personalised care to help you manage and overcome sciatica pain. Book a visit today!

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