Sciatica is a broad term referring to pain radiating from the lumbar spine (low back) into the lower limb. Pain can be noticed anywhere from the low back down to the toes. The pain or radicular distribution relates to which vertebra and nerve that is affected. At Brisbane Posture and Performance, this helps us identify the root cause of the sciatic pain so we can best assist with your treatment.
The pain can present itself in multiple ways including:
Pins and needles
Bilaterally (both legs) or unilaterally (one leg)
Sharp, catchy feeling
The pain may be exacerbated by movement, as this often leads to extra strain on the spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the lower limbs. Commonly the team at Brisbane Posture and Performance see sciatica symptoms start as a simple low back ache left untreated. Often after ignoring the warning signs, the slightest lifting or twisting injury can develop into debilitating sciatica symptoms. Depending on the underlying low back condition, the recovery from sciatica can vary from a few days to a few months. Dr. Kyle (chiropractor) believes that addressing the underling structural concerns is vital to allow patients a better quality of life and the freedom to do the activities that they wish.